The second reading today from Romans 13 begins with this: “Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.”
Seems there’s a lot of talk about debt these days. National debt and personal debt. Debt is generally not a good thing. It means that we are beholden to someone. But St. Paul here is not necessarily talking about the “evils” of debt. Rather, he is saying that we really only owe one thing to our fellow human beings: love.
Have you ever cut ties with someone? Maybe a friend or relative or business associate that did you wrong. You may have settled up an account or a score and said something like, “I’m done with them. I don’t owe them a thing!” If so, you would be wrong. You owe them love. Now, how that manifests itself only you can say. But to all of our brothers and sisters, we owe a debt of love.
Father, as we love you, help us to love one another. Amen.