” We love God the person we love the least.” -Dorothy Day
I didn’t intend to write another post about love, since my previous post was about how We Learn To Love By Loving but I came across the above quote and it stopped me in my tracks. God’s grace can do that. It can come gradually and gently call us to conversion and then other times it is like a strong wind that flings open a door, demanding our attention. This is the kind of grace that doesn’t tickle. It made me realize that I had not been loving God and neighbor and as I should.
Sometimes there are people that are more difficult to love than others. But if we are only loving those that are easy to love than we aren’t growing or really even loving because love does not calculate.
“Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not someone is worthy.” -Thomas Merton
Love of God and love of neighbor go hand in hand. We are to love everyone as God loves us–unconditionally. If God only loved us based on if we were worthy enough it would never happen. Thanks be to God that He first loved us, that He even loves us in our weaknesses and that we now have access to His grace through Christ Jesus who conquered sin and death.
So how can we love those that we are called to love, but are still difficult to love? You love them even in their weakness, while also looking to find the littlest virtue that God is working in them.
“I know now that true charity consists in bearing all our neighbors’ defects
not being surprised at their weakness, but edified at their smallest virtues.”
-The Little Flower
Viewing it this way, makes a huge difference, don’t you think? Let’s pray for the grace to be better living witnesses of His love and to see the good God is working in others!