What do you love?
If you were taking a survey and asked me that question, I’d tell you stuff like God, family, friends. And pets. The kind of stuff you'd expect to hear from a deacon.
What do I really love? If I’m honest, it’s me. At least that’s what it looks like from how I live my life.
And I’m not alone in that. Most of us have the same answer. If we’re honest.
Which is why today’s Gospel is really jarring. If we stop to think at all about what Jesus is calling us to do, it’s a challenge to that honest answer.
It’s a call to follow the One who loved us first. And by follow, that’s follow the example of the One who loved us first. By loving the way that He did.
Not just when it’s convenient, but when it’s needed.
Not just what’s left over, but whatever’s needed.
Not just me, but God working through me.
But the only way that happens is if we change the answer to the question.
So what do you love?