When most of us think about debt, we think about monetary debt. As Canadians, we generally know a lot about monetary debt because so many of us have to be in debt in some way. For example, most of us carry mortgage and vehicle debt. Many of us carry credit card, lines of credit and personal loan debt. We know what it means to be indebted. And we know that this kind of indebtedness can be quite unfavourable. It can weigh us down; it can burden us for a lifetime. For some of us the end of debt will never be within sight.
But when Paul wrote to the Romans about indebtedness, he had another kind of indebtedness in mind. Owe love to one another. Take on the debt of love to the extent that we can never see the end of it. Make love for others the only reason we get up in the morning and work and live throughout the day.
When loving others becomes our debt load, we reflect the love that God has for us. God loves us with no end in sight, always carrying us through thick and thin. And so we are called to do the same for one another.
God of love, help us to take on the debt of love for each other. Amen. — DBB