American novelist Tim O’Brien wrote a collection of stories of American soldiers in Vietnam. The Things They Carried, published in 1990, tells of the soldiers and what they carried into the war: letters, photos, good luck charms, and their emotions. War memories are harsh. When our road is bumpy, we turn to things—pictures of departed love ones, letters, and memories that may get us through these temporal moments.
For the bigger picture of our spiritual lives, Jesus reminds us of the love the Father has for us, and if the Father loves us, Jesus loves us; furthermore, the Spirit will teach everything and remind us of all that has been told to us … to possess them
Encapsulated in the gospel today is an insight into the Trinity, which, at best, we can understand as love. But lest we became complaisant knowing that we have been called, we are to be ever mindful of the cross. The sacrifice of Christ fulfilled a promise of our salvation, but again we have a part to return God’s love with our human love.
“Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me.”
What we carry, what we choose to carry through our troubles, tells us much about ourselves. Jesus asks us to have his commandments, to possess them knowing full well we will falter. Like children attempting to please a parent, we try our human best knowing despite ourselves; we carry God’s love.
Let Us Pray:
Dear Lord, may we forgo our self-interests and embrace your love and carry your commands as our personal safeguard on our earthly journey.
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