|‘You are not far from the kingdom of God’|
Katie Lucenko ‘22
I have a tendency to rely heavily on my head rather than my heart. I have always approached my faith with this same analytical perspective. Although it’s more comfortable for me to approach my faith through logic and reason, I have found it has made it a lot harder for me to embrace my faith with my heart.
My first semester here at Notre Dame did nothing to alter these tendencies. In my first philosophy course last fall, I was steeped in the power of human reason. While our reason can help us understand God’s revelation, I eventually realised that relying so heavily on my mental faculties meant that I had closed my heart off to the call of God’s deep, transcendent love.
A defining moment in my journey came this past January when I began some preliminary reading for my Biblical Foundations of Theology class.
For this class, we read Dei Verbum, a constitution from the Second Vatican Council. Dei Verbum discusses the importance of Sacred Scripture in revelation and the Church. As I read, I was struck by the simple but profound truth that all of God’s interactions with human beings have sprung from God’s inexhaustible love of all creation. Our faith is a spectacularly beautiful love story. And if love is the foundation of God’s every interaction with humanity, so must it be the foundation of ours, too.
As Jesus tells us in today’s Gospel, our primary obligation is to love. The ritual, the structure, and the organisation of Catholicism exist to support this fundamental calling. Love of God and love of neighbour must be the root of everything we do.
Surely we are better people and the world is a better place, in our trying to follow this basic command from the almighty.