When the apostles were choosing a twelfth person to replace Judas following Jesus’ death and resurrection, they began by praying this prayer. Whoever joined them needed to have a heart for unity in their ministry.
God alone knows everyone’s heart. It is not our duty to know another’s heart. From what Jesus taught, our primary duties are to love God and love others.
How are we doing in fulfilling those duties? Do we realize the powerful difference our love can make in another’s life?
I think of one particularly traumatic time in my family’s life. After eight years of ever-worsening illnesses, we discovered the culprit to be toxic mold in the home we had purchased. Because of the types and concentration of the mold, the only way to eradicate it was to burn our home and possessions. Insurance didn’t cover any of the losses.
During my darkest days and nights, it was love shown by God through people that gave me courage to keep on going. It was others’ love that prompted them to assist us in the rebuilding of our home and lives. It was love that made the difference.
Your love can make a difference.
O Lord, help us to remember that we don't need to determine what is in another's heart. Help us to simply love you and others. Amen. — KDG