“Ah, ha!” he exclaimed.” Then it was love that changed your life! And with it you found God.”
“I didn’t say that, Joseph.”
“But you did, Matthias you did! When you discovered how much you truly loved your wife and sons, you found God. God is Love! If we love one another, then God dwells within us. You cannot have one without the other. And when we know love, we have also found the Kingdom that so many, who do not understand this simple secret, will never find. The Kingdom of God, Matthias, is not on a cloud. It is WITHIN YOU. That is what Jesus told the people, time and again.”
“And they killed him for his efforts,” I said cynically.
“Son,” the old man said softly, “I did not come here this morning to preach to you. Your eyes have already been opened, I know. What you must learn to accept is that Jesus was murdered because he even loved those who would kill him, and they hated him because he loved them. They could not comprehend his love, for it flew against all reason. In a world that demands payment for all goods and services, and punishment for all crimes, leaving no room for charity or mercy or compassion. Sooner or later, all mankind will realize that the greatest cure for all the ills and the wrongs, the cares, the sorrows and crimes of humanity rests solely in acts of LOVE. LOVE IS THE GREATEST GIFT FROM GOD. It is the divine spark that everywhere produces and restores life. To each and every one of us, love gives us the power to work miracles with our own lives and those we touch.”