Happy Valentine’s Day!

This day calls us to remember relationships that we cherish in our lives.   Our spouse, our parents, our children, that kind co-worker who brought us coffee on a rough morning, our neighbors, and friends and colleagues.

When we say Re-lation-ship, What are we really saying?   Relating to someone can be saying hello, being kind, listening to their causes or problems or dreams or wants, or spending time walking or talking together.  Relate to me.  Relate to you.  Relationships can also be those we share DNA with including siblings, parents, grandparents, cousins, and aunts and uncles.  We are related.  We belong with each other.   It can be our congregation at mass, church, temple, and other places of worship. We relate by what we call ourselves and our common faith.  We are Christians and We are Jewish people.  We are believers.  The early Christians, drew the fish symbol in sand or dirt, as a secretive sign that we are believers.

We write our names, We are from the Smith clan or Gomez family.  We relate by our organizations.  We are Rotarians.  We are sorority sisters.  We are Lions club members.  We relate by where we live.  We live on Oak Street and so do you.  We belong to the same neighborhood.

So the challenge for you today is to find someone who is different from you or at least you think is and begin relating with that person.  Learn Spanish, sign language, etc.   Volunteer at a local senior center or museum.  Go to a sports game at the local high school.  Do something outside of what is common and related to you.   Relationships are all around us if we are open.  We attract people by our essence, presence, and attitude.

Love one another as I have loved you.  This is our greatest command.

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