Today’s homily was interesting in that the priest defined Love in a way I’ve never thought of it. Today’s Gospel reading was Matthew 22: 34-40, which includes these words:
Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your should, 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.” – Matthew 22: 37-39
The priest started off by asking if we’ve ever said that we “love” chocolate, our car, our pets … and then said that what we really should say in those instances is that we “like” these things. Because like is will and love is a commandment. Like is fleeting, it will come and go as our opinions or situations change, whereas love doesn’t.
He used St. Thomas Aquinas’ definition of love, which is “to will the good of another”.
When we love someone, we want what is best for that person and we act on it to make what is best for them a reality.