Witness of Love (by Sharon Fabyanic)

Our second reading today is one of my favorites and picks up where last week’s second reading left off. It begins, “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another. No one has ever seen God. Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us, and his love is brought to perfection in us.” 1 John 4:11-12. The imagery of our love pouring out of each one of us, as the essence of God speaks to my soul. I have long given up the idea of perfection in my own life, but I have witnessed this act of God’s love being perfected within us often at St. Patrick.

This year I have witnessed this type of love in our Moms at St. Patrick Ministry, which I am privileged to witness. Sometimes I tire of talking about how hard this year of COVID has been on each one of us, but it really has! Whether you were facing loneliness or juggling more than you ever have, this has been a tough year. One of the sources of hope I have experienced this year has been in witnessing the many ways the Moms at St Patrick Ministry minister to one another as a community. Like many ministries, COVID did not stop the work of God. Moms continued to meet online, for prayer, for connection, and for personal growth through videos and speakers. Moms supported one another through drive through festivities and handwritten notes in the mail. They made compassion bags for those experiencing homelessness and encouraged each other as they passed them out. Perhaps the greatest gesture was watching these moms care for one another through bringing one another a meal as they celebrated the birth of a child, cared for a sick loved one, or mourned the death of a family member. These were simple acts, but the love of God was present in each one, in the care and concern of the other. St.Teresa of Calcutta reminds us we can do small things with great love. These small acts of love are the revelation of Christ in our world.

– Sharon Fabyanic