On last night’s Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy was joined by Jack Black in a shot for shot remake of the classic jam, “More than Words” by Extreme. Take four minutes to watch it, it’ll make your day.
Did you watch it? Did you pay attention the lyrics? I hope so, because they work perfectly with the main theme in Sunday’s lessons: love is a verb. Both the reading from First John and the Gospel lesson explicitly say that loving God means keeping Jesus’ commandments. In case you forgot, Jesus summed up his entire teaching, all the law, and the prophets, in two commandments.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.
Love your neighbor as yourself.
The kind of love Jesus is talking about requires a lot more than words: it requires a lifetime worth of actions. Or as the writers of “More than Words” put it:
More than words is all I ever needed you to show
Then you wouldn’t have to say that you love me
Cause I’d already know
Showing the love of God for the world is at least as important, if not even more so, than telling the world about it. Following Jesus means loving our neighbors until they ask why, and it means loving them enough to have an answer ready when they do. Following Jesus means reaching out in compassion, caring for the needy, and respecting the dignity of every human being. Following Jesus means abiding in a love that is deeper than mere words: the very love of God.