The Play of Love

The Play of Love!


 1 Jn 4:11-18

Beloved, if God so loved us,

we also must love one another.

No one has ever seen God.

Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us,

and his love is brought to perfection in us.

This is how we know that we remain in him and he in us,

that he has given us of his Spirit.

Moreover, we have seen and testify

that the Father sent his Son as savior of the world.

Whoever acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God,

God remains in him and he in God.

We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us.

God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him.

In this is love brought to perfection among us,

that we have confidence on the day of judgment

because as he is, so are we in this world.

There is no fear in love,

but perfect love drives out fear

because fear has to do with punishment,

and so one who fears is not yet perfect in love.


“If  music  be the play of love–play on!” These are the romantic words beginning Shakespeares’ romantic comedy, Twelfth Night.

As the play’s title suggests Shakespeare wrote this heartwarming tale to celebrate the close of the twelve days of Christmas–January 5, the eve of Epiphany.

As we bring Christmastide to a close what better way to end, what better theme is there to reflect on than love.

As the words from first John, “God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him,” seems more elevated than mere music, or theatre, it is worth remembering that genuine love from the humblest human desire to the noblest act of sacrifice, flows from the very heart of God.

Love is a word so misunderstood, for love is simply not about a “feeling”, but about caring for our brothers and sisters; love is about recognizing every human being and every part of creation as made by God, each part deserves love; love is about seeing no race, creed, color or religion, but only the face of God in each human being we meet.

The message of Jesus is about reconciliation–not division–it is about unity, not disunity.  It is not about a place in the “hereafter”, but about NOW, working for the Reign of God, the reign of love NOW!  It is about giving our lives for one another.

I was asked one day by a young high school student, “What can I do to get rid of homelessness?” My reply: “You see the person sitting in the doorway–go feed him!


Fr. River Damien Sims, sfw, D.MIn., D.S.T.

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164



The Reverends Sherman and Lorraine Skinner have given a gift to Temenos Catholic Worker in memory of their sister, Sarah Townsen Skinner, who had a real heart for the homeless but was killed in an auto accident ten years ago at the age of sixty. .

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