I have always loved this quote from Blaise Pascal
“The heart has its reasons, of which reason knows nothing”.
(In original French: “Le cœur a ses raisons que la raison ne connaît pas.”)
There can never be a mathematical formula for love.
Raising a family does not make financial sense.
Giving without expecting anything in return will mean bankruptcy in business.
And yet, therein lies the magic and the mystery, the power and promise of love.
Small acts can lead to great things.
A touch, a hug, a kiss, a caress can change lives more effectively than money or power.
Just being present can make more difference than exerting one great heroic effort.
After a lifetime of trying to make a difference in the big world,
to exert heroic efforts to change lives and touch people,
I am now quietly and humbly doing small things for just a handful of people,
for those I have helped bring into this world.
Christ’s Gospel of Love is all-inclusive:
everyone is welcome here and nothing is ever held back in the giving, even life itself.
And yet in many places, believers are often excluded, ridiculed and even persecuted.
Christians are the most persecuted group in the world today.
The sad thing is that many professed Christians
have done their own share of excluding and persecuting others
– today and many times in the past.
But for our survival as a species, I believe and pray that men learn to live in love.
Even Economics, which used to be based on the principle of enlightened self-interest,
(which is a fancy word for greed and selfishness)
is now talking about all-inclusive growth and sustainable development
which are the current politically correct words for love and caring
Indeed, very Christian principles.
But these are words and words can often be cheap
and mean nothing at all.
One only has to look at the baby born today
and all these words make sense as we keep them
and ponder them in our hearts.
When words are not enough,
the WORD must take flesh
and then everything and everyone makes sense.
Everything and everyone matters.
So, do not just say “I love you.”
Give love on Christmas day.