Once in a while, for old time sake, I tune in (on the TVLand channel) to one of the great TV shows from the 1960’s that I grew up with, “The Andy Griffith Show.” In one episode widower Sheriff Andy Taylor invites his Aunt Bee to come live with him and his son, Opie, thinking she would add the necessary feminine presence to Opie’s life. Aunt Bee loves Opie but from the start she fails at all the “Opie things”—catching fish, going frogging, and playing with a football.
Finally one night, Aunt Bee tells Andy she’s done her best, but Opie doesn’t like her and she should just take the bus home. Opie hears her crying, and starts to have a change of heart. He comes running down the stairs, calling out, “We can’t let her go, Pa—she needs us! She can’t even catch frogs, take fish off the hook, or throw a football.” We’ve got to take care of her..she’ll never make it.”
Like the love of Aunt Bee which had to come first before Opie’s heart could be changed, it is not so much that WE loved God, but that God first loved us. In fact, as we’ve been told a million times, “God IS love.” But over many years of learning and living, we still don’t feel we’ve learned to love as God has loved us. But maybe we can hear God saying about it, “I’ve got to take care of them—or they’ll never make it.”
Have we loved in our lives? Are you taking what you were given, and trying to find ways to bring kindness and compassion to all the places that come your way? Because, in the end, it is our willingness to spend everything in our hearts trying to give the love of God to the creation around us that says is all.
Have a good week and may God bless you and keep you always in His love!
Listen to my homily this morning: (Posted after Mass.)
Joyfully in the Lord,
Rev. Msgr. Edward J. Arnister
Pastor, St. Rose Parish