Lonely | This month, in The Atlantic, Stephen Marche asks, “Is Facebook making us lonely?” He writes, “Facebook arrived in the middle of a dramatic increase in the quantity and intensity of human loneliness … Americans are more solitary than ever before. In 1950, less than 10 percent of American households contained only one person. By 2010, nearly 27 percent of households had just one person … Loneliness and being alone are not the same thing, but both are on the rise. We meet fewer people. We gather less. And when we gather, our bonds are less meaningful and less easy. The decrease in confidants – that is, in quality social connections – has been dramatic over the past 25 years” .
Love | As we have seen this week, our Lord Jesus will return and, until that day, we are called to fight for holiness and godliness. Perhaps the greatest virtue for which we should fight is love. According to Jesus, love for God is the greatest commandment and love for others is the second greatest. Together they sum up the entire law . John writes, “Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes” .
Serve | In an age of social disintegration, isolation and loneliness, we – as Christians – have an incredible opportunity to love others. It is our greatest apologetic. At the Last Supper, after Jesus Christ knelt down to serve his disciples by washing their feet, he said, “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet” . Then he said, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” . That is what the love of God looks like – serving others or, as Paul put it, considering others’ interests above our own .
Prayer | Lord, We are selfish people, but we long for your selfless love in our hearts. Open our eyes to the needs of others and help us, in Christ, to meet those needs. Help us seek out lonely and isolated people and love them. Help us to think of ourselves less and others more so that your name would be made holy in our lives. Amen.