When I professed my vows as a Sister of St. Joseph of Peace, I said as part of our vow formula: “In response to God’s call to seek justice, to love tenderly, and to walk in the way of peace …” What is implied in that introduction to the profession of vows is made clear in today’s first reading from the Letter of St. John:
“Beloved, we love God because he first loved us.”
Having just finished up coursework for a graduate degree in theology, I have big theological words for this thanks to Thomas Aquinas – exitus et reditus. God loves us and so we seek to respond in kind. But I don’t need big words or theological concepts, because it is written on my heart.
God seeks justice, and so I seek God’s justice. God loves tenderly, and so I desire to love tenderly. God is peace, and so I begin each day praying that I too may walk in peace.
Simple, really, when you get down to it. I love the readings this week from John.
Love. As another John once sang, maybe that is all you need.