“My love is like a red, red rose that’s newly sprung in June. My love is like a melody, sweetly sung in tune.” Some awful high school teacher made me memorize that among other things; that’s Robert Burns, the poet.
St. Augustine takes an entirely different view of love - it’s not a red, red rose. Augustine says, “Love is like a set of eyes that sees the needs of the other. Love is like an ear that hears the sighs or groans from the other. Love is like feet that rushes to the knees of others.” Love is very practical for Augustine, and in a sense, Jesus makes it practical in the Gospel of John we heard today. “Whoever loves me will keep my word.”
How do we love the Lord?