Your first commandment is to love the Lord your God with your whole being. In the interplay of human love what we do to show love for the other is held in high regard. We look for signs from the other that indicate they love us. Quite often these signs are contained in what they do for us. Certainly in each of us there are internal components to our love such as endearment, cherishing, passion, compassion, longing, and idealization. But we also look for and express perceptible external signs of love. Thus, I come now not to reflect on my interior feelings for You, but upon the outward signs of love that I offer You.
What do I do to please You? What do I do to show You my Love? If the familiar scenario was reversed and You asked me for a sign, what would I offer? And then, up pops the possibility that what I would consider a sign of my love for You might not be taken as such. I pray a fair amount, but I wonder if that would be taken as a sign of my love for You – or, is it actually more a sign of Your love for me? I go to Mass and hug You – but Your hug for me comes first. I go to serve in a soup kitchen, but am, myself, graced to be able to serve. If I consider my years in the seminary, my years in the Peace Corps, my decades as a teacher, a husband, a father – in each instance I have received more than I have given. It becomes apparent that You will not be outdone in signs of love. Thus, it becomes the work of a person’s life to offer the one and only sign of love for You that is possible – acceptance of Yourlove!
The channels of that love which we practice accepting are the items in our lives that we might consider signs of our love but which, indeed, are vehicles for receiving Yours. Thus I fool myself if I consider the things I think I do for love of You in any other way than disposing me to open myself to Your love – which is the only real sign I can offer of my love for You.