blessed, communal heart, happy, heartbeat of God, Jesus, John, love, love is the answer, love one another, psalm 119, The Sophia Center for Spirituality
This morning’s psalm (119) is punctuated with the refrain: Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord! One of the common translations of “blessed” is “happy” which author Greg Laurie says is “self-contained, that is, not dependent on circumstances of our life…regardless of what is happening externally, we can be truly happily internally.” The first reading for this morning from the Second Letter of John tells us quite succinctly the definition of that law that will make us happy. He says that it’s nothing new “but the one we have had from the beginning: let us love one another.” That’s it; that’s the whole thing. It’s what Jesus says and Paul says and what John is a specialist of saying in his letters. To the best of our ability, independent of the circumstances of our lives, it is the core of what will make us truly happy in the deepest chamber of our personal and communal heart. It is where we will hear the heartbeat of God assuring us that love really is the answer.