‘Actions speak louder than words’ is a saying that we will have heard and probably experienced more than once. We know that visiting someone in hospital is so much more rewarding than writing a thesis on the importance of hospital visiting! In this week’s second reading St John writes, ‘our love is not to be just words or mere talk, but something real and active.’ This is more positive than ‘actions speak louder than words’, because if we are acting out of love, all out actions will be for good. Think of the key workers during this pandemic who put their own lives on the line to save other people. Think of the world wide support for the people of India with dozens of countries supplying vaccines and equipment so greatly needed at this time. Nearer home, when our love is real and active we are willing to do without ourselves in order to share what we have. This might be money, clothing, hospitality, spending time, listening and so much more. It is not always easy to make sure that our love goes beyond words, but if we make our home in Jesus and he makes his home in us, we will draw life from him, enabling us to demonstrate that our love is ‘real and active.’
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