“Everyone is looking for you”

As they said in the movie, Love Actually, love is all around us. We just have to open our eyes to see it. In Mark 1:29-39, we read that Jesus mission was to preach, which was about love, and everyone sought him out. Maybe that’s what we’re all really looking for.

On leaving the synagogue
Jesus entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John.
Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever.
They immediately told him about her.
He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up.
Then the fever left her and she waited on them.

When it was evening, after sunset,
they brought to him all who were ill or possessed by demons.
The whole town was gathered at the door.
He cured many who were sick with various diseases,
and he drove out many demons,
not permitting them to speak because they knew him.

Rising very early before dawn,
he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed.
Simon and those who were with him pursued him
and on finding him said, “Everyone is looking for you.
He told them, “Let us go on to the nearby villages
that I may preach there also.
For this purpose have I come.”
So he went into their synagogues, preaching and driving out demons
throughout the whole of Galilee.

Everyone is looking for love. They look for it in personal relationships, many of which go awry. They look for it in books or movies or television shows. They look for it in greeting cards and photos and posters. They seek it people-watching while sipping coffee or tea or soda at sidewalk cafés. But it’s actually right before them. “Everyone is looking for you,” said Simon. And Jesus said let’s go preach, “for this purpose I have come.”

Jesus taught us that the most important commandment is to love. His very life and every act in it were done out of love, even dying on the cross for us. He commands us to love one another and to see in one another Him and His love. There is no more perfect love than the love of God.

If you seek love, look about you. Know that God loves you. You were created to love and to be loved. God created those around you to love and be loved. And the Father created the Son to be one among us to bring that love together.

We may not know it initially, but what we really seek is God’s love. That’s what life is all about. Jesus is the personification of God’s love. Everyone is looking for you, Lord Jesus, and all they have to do is open their eyes. There you are.

Some have queried, if God is so all powerful and so perfect, why does He need love — why is He so needy? They see it as a sign of imperfection, thus a reason not to believe in Him. But they are seeing it wrong. God doesn’t need love; He is the embodiment of love. God wants it for us. We are His creation whom He loves, and He wants us to to share in that love and share it with one another. He gave us free will to accept it. Life is that journey to finding it. Within ourselves, within others, and most important, in God. Love is everywhere. God is love — everyone is looking for you.

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