Friday, August 25, 2017

True Love

Today’s scriptures speak to us of the great call to love.  In the first reading we have the beautiful story of Ruth and Naomi.  Ruth’s love for her mother- in-law Naomi surpasses tradition and personifies the meaning of commitment.  Ruth’s husband dies and this leaves her and Naomi all alone.  Not having anyone to care for her mother-in-law Ruth makes the decision to stay with her and care for her.  Ruth utters the beautiful statement, “Wherever you go, I shall go, wherever you live so shall I live.  Your people will be my people and your God will be my God too.”  This reading epitomizes true love and is often used at weddings.  Ruth’s dedication and love for Naomi is the kind of love that truly builds up the kingdom of God.  Take some time today to count your blessings and see where you are called to spread love.  Perhaps it will be a kind word for someone who has hurt you, an act of random kindness or the decision to promote love and kindness wherever you go.

Pat Schifini, OSU

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