Chapter 2: Love, A Concept
If you are Marist, you'll probably recognize the following tune.
"Love, Love, Love, Love,
Christians this is your call.
Love your neighbor as yourself,
For God loves us all."
- in the tune of Larry Kupferman
Ah, yes. What a bop!
But let's be real here. This song will always be the one that we sing/remember the least out of all the other songs we bop to during a typical Marist retreat. Not saying it's bad, but compared to classics such as "Prince of Peace", "I Am a C..", and "Lean on Me", this song will always be underrated. But, let's unpack that. Why is it so underrated?
A- It's slower than the rest. (Nah, that can't be it. We love slow songs in this house!)
B- We do it in rounds. (Nah, that can't be it. Rounds are fun and you know it!)
C- The lyrics are lame. (If you think Matthew 22: 34-40 is lame, take that up with God, buddy! Leave me out of it!)
D- Every other song is just more lit. (Okay. Yes, this is a valid answer, but hush up for now!)
E- We're scared to talk/sing about love. (Yes, I'm going there even if that wasn't your answer!)
I'll be one to admit that my generation isn't the best at communicating our feelings to each other, let alone communicating in general. We let technology handle all that we can't handle on our own for us. I don't think people outside of our generation realize how easy it is either. Literally, it only takes a few clicks of a few random buttons and VOILA! Technology can bring us closer to those who are far away, and it's wonderful. However, the price we pay is that technology draws us farther away from those who are close. It doesn't help that love has become such a taboo topic to discuss with one another in the "real world". Maybe that's why this generation loves Drake so much. He says what we are scared to say in person and we relate to everything he says because a lot of his lyrics are the feelings we couldn't articulate for ourselves.
I believe that the reason we are so hesitant to express or talk/sing about love is that we simply do not know how to love each other properly. No matter the type of love, we're just not good at it. We treat each other so poorly to the point where we question what love actually is and what it feels like. We are cold to each other, we're only "in it" for ourselves, and we don't care enough for the people to our left and right. Ironically enough, God's greatest commandment was to love one another as ourselves.
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
- Matthew 22: 37-40
So, like...what now? How do we fix this?
I'm not sure if putting our phones down will help us, but that could be a start. Believe it or live in denial, but you'll notice a lot more when your focus isn't on a screen. For example, when we go to Marist gatherings, there is a reason why we aren't using phones: to be in the moment. When you're in the moment and you are talking to someone face to face, a whole new dynamic (eye contact & body language) is added to the dialogue. You start to pick up on signs and subliminal messages and realize that what people say, do, and think are all apart of something deeper. Soon, you start to understand someone more, grow a greater appreciation for them, and so forth. You start to really feel the love all around you, and love is all around us at all times. We're just too occupied to notice it. Maybe if we learned how to do these things, love can become less of a taboo thing and more of a worldwide thing. Who knows? Point being: we should not be afraid to talk about, sing about, think about, or experience love. It's beautiful. It's powerful.
My apologies if this chapter was all over the place. Love makes me go crazy!
Sincerely Yours Sometimes,
PS: SONG OF THE WEEK: Sufjan Stevens - Mystery of Love
(Every time I post, I will include a song that may or may not correlate with the topic I write about. This is me thanking you for reading my posts by gifting you with good music.)