First, Love-Week 4 // The Meaning of Life is Love // Pastor Kate Murphy

Scripture:  2 John 1-13

Dear Church,

My favorite saint is a woman called Julian who lived a long time ago in a place called Norwich. She had visions, the most famous of which is the one of some thing ‘that appeared to be hazelnut.’ At that time, she knew the Lord was showing her that the tiny object was everything that ever was and ever would be, and it was held by God and so ‘it is well, it is well, and all manner of things will be well.’

It was years later in her life, a life marked by deprivation and wars and plagues and loss, that she asked God For the meaning of the vision. And this is what the Lord told her:

Wouldst thou learn thy Lord’s meaning in this thing? Learn it well: Love was His meaning. Who shewed it thee? Love. What shewed He thee? Love. Wherefore shewed it He? For Love. Hold thee therein and thou shalt learn and know more in the same. But thou shalt never know nor learn therein other thing without end. Thus was I learned that Love was our Lord’s meaning.

The meaning of life is love.

It always has been and always will be, but since the fall, we humans have never been satisfied with that.

But life came as a gift from God, who is love. Our creator who made us from love for love. And anytime our theology becomes anything other or easier than love, we’ve made ourselves an idol.

I hope you’ll join me as we read the last of St. John’s ancient love letters and remember again that the way is love and love is our way.


Pastor Kate

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