In the song “Seasons of Love” from the musical Rent, the characters ponder the question, “How you do measure a year in a life?” They give some options: in daylights, in sunsets, in midnights, in cups of coffee, in truths that she learned or in times that she cried, in bridges he burned or the way that she died. In the end, they reveal that it is love that a year should be measured by.
How are you showing love in this year now that we are just a few weeks in? In smiles, in waves, in phone calls and text messages, through Zoom or Facetime? Would anyone know the love you have if they saw you today?
St. John helps us to remember that love is made known in our actions. “Let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18). Think about what you are doing and how you are expressing the love that you have for the Lord and the love that you have for others.
It is not a time to hide in the shadows, but to make the love Christ has for each one of us known. And let love never be just a season, but an entire lifetime of care and compassion. Take a moment today to convey love in some small way and keep that practice going day after day. Little way by little way, love grows and grows. Be a part of the love mosaic God has pieced together through us and through his Son, Jesus.