Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Love = Risk, Part III

« ...Continued from Love = Risk, Part II

Alfred Lord Tennyson is famous for writing, "'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all." The vocation to selflessness is a risk. The risk requires allowing the heart to be vulnerable. The vulnerable heart is taking the dare to be loved, and, at its perfection, opens the innermost chambers of the soul to the foretaste of Heaven. Regrettably, it is also true that vulnerability also opens the heart to the heaviest pains of disappointment: "Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?" (Luke 22:48). The night before Jesus died, His own disciple betrayed Him for a mere petty gain of thirty pieces of silver.

The pursuit of wealth, as I examined in part one, has a strange way of turning love (i.e., what I can give) into covetousness (i.e, what I can gain). In part two, I looked at how marital love is the act of forgoing everything and everyone else for the sake of true personal intimacy. And at last, I now conclude my meditation with the following scripture:
"One will be taken, and the other will be left behind" (Matt 24:40)

To be continued...