1 John 4:16 God is love. Those who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.
The Most Rev. Michael Curry, an African-American man, born in Chicago, was selected by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, to present the sermon at their Saturday wedding at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle and in so doing he challenged the world!
“We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love. And when we do that, we will make of this old world a new world. Love is the only way,” Curry recited quoting Dr Martin Luther King Jnr.
It all seems so simple. After all, he was at the wedding, as were all the others who attended or watched on TV, ‘two young people fell in love and we all showed up’. Love is a powerful thing. Two people’s love for each other brought people together. However, the love Meghan and Harry have for each other, powerful as it is, is not nearly as powerful as ‘agape’ love; the highest form of love, the love of God for people and of people for God, and love for each other.
Think of these quotes by the Most Rev. Curry:
- “Love God. Love your neighbours. And while you’re at it, love yourself.”
- “Jesus did not get an honorary doctorate for dying. He wasn’t getting anything out of it. He sacrificed his life for the good of others, for the well-being of the world, for us. That’s what love is.”
- “And Jesus said you shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength. This is the first and great commandment, and the second is like it – Love your neighbour as yourself.”
- “Think and imagine a world when love is the way. … because when love is the way, we actually treat each other like we are actually family. When love is the way, we know that God is the source of us all. And we are brothers and sisters, children of God. My brothers and sisters, that’s a new Heaven, a new Earth, a new world, a new human family.”
Hmm! It’s a tall ask! Can we love like Jesus asks us to love? Is my learning community, my classroom, my interactions with every child based on love? Can we discover and reflect the power of redemptive love?
My prayer is that we can all find, through Jesus, this power of redemptive love.