Let me start this sharing with a question. Do you remember a time in your life when God asked you to do something? Well, maybe today, during the enhanced/general community quarantine, we are searching for things to do out of boredom. Maybe today, we have the luxury of time to talk to God and ask for His blessings to end this pandemic. I do believe that we have experienced all these because we are being called to respond to God’s greater call – a call to love.
In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was. Jesus replied, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Clearly, God wants us to do everything in love because God created us out of love.
First, we are called to love God. Now more than ever, this calling to love God is being tested. Because of this pandemic, churches are being closed to the general public; different sacraments are being limited. Second, we are being called to love our neighbors. Some are maybe wondering, how can we show our love to our neighbors if we are being advised to practice social distancing?
It is not new that our call to love is being challenged. But how can we still truly answer this call given the difficulties that we are facing today?
Let me tell you a story. I was really affirmed when I saw posts on social media about a priest blessing the streets with the Blessed Sacrament. It was when God told me that that is how we should love, that is the kind of love that Jesus, through the priest, set as an example. Many factors may hinder the priest from doing that. He may be exposed to the virus by going out, but that didn’t stop him. So as Jesus. The moment that He will suffer and die to the cross, Jesus knew that would happen to Him. Yet, he still proceeded, because that is how He loves us.
Because of what the priest did, he spread hope to everyone – the hope that in the midst of this pandemic, coming back and believing in Christ is the only that will save us. And in doing so, the priest answered God’s call to love Him and our neighbors by bringing God to everyone in this moment of crisis.
According to St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, “Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love.”
Maybe at this moment, we are really amazed by how many people have done great things and sacrificed a lot to help others in this time of crisis. We may be comparing ourselves to them, but there is one thing that God is telling to each and every one of us today. We can answer our call to love by showing and doing everything – big or small – out of love.
Renz Mendoza is a Mission Volunteer of MFC Youth serving in the Luzon Missions Team.