St. Valentine’s Day
The Original Valentine…
Let us focus our love for one another:
“Children, let us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth.” -1 John 3:18, NAB
As our verse tells us today, do not love in word or speech. While words may attempt to show the depths of our love, in the end, they are only words. Truly, it is our actions that make the difference. A Valentine’s Day card can say all the right things, but it is the act of giving it that shows love. A beautiful poem can speak volumes about love, but it is the act of writing or reading it that shows love. Diamonds may last forever, but it is our constant sacrifice for our loved one that shows a love that lasts forever.
According to Catholic Online’s page dedicated to St. Valentine, Pope Gelasius first made February 14th St. Valentine’s Day. The story goes that St. Valentine was martyred, or put to death, for illegally marrying couples. At the time, Christianity was forbidden, but he chose to go against Rome anyway and perform Christian weddings. He gave his life so that couples could share theirs together. His sacrifice, like Christ’s sacrifice, should be echoed in our own lives.
Before we get caught up in red roses, cupid’s arrows, and hearts galore, may we remember to stay focused on the true meaning of love: sacrifice. Love means spending a night watching her favorite television shows – even if you have no aspirations to dance like a star. Love means missing the playoff game to watch The Notebook… again. Love means taking her to dinner where she wants to go, even if she says, “I don’t care.” Love means going shopping to find a new pair of shoes because the other 85 pairs just don’t fit the occasion. There are so many ways to say “I love you” without uttering a word.
God may bless us with many things, but what can be greater than the love we have for Him, and each other? Whether you are married, single, divorced, or widowed, we all have special loved ones in our lives of some sort. This week, take time to show your spouse, your children, your parents, your friends, and even your coworkers how much you love them, and not by your words, but by your actions. By doing this, we are fulfilling one of God’s greatest commandments:
“(Jesus) said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.'” -Matthew 22:37-40, NAB