What does God ask of us? Trying to answer this question is a quest of many human beings, indeed every human being. Once we conclude that God exists, isn’t the next logical question, “What does God want of us?” If God exists, what does God expect of us? Isn’t this the question of meaning that every serious seeker attempts to answer in their lives?
It can be easy to become confused. First, there are many different experiences around the globe. There are many different religions. Many of these religions arrive at similar conclusions. Even when we consider only Christians, there are many different answers to this question. And yet, is it indeed this difficult? Does it really take a lot of thought? Does Jesus intend for the answer to elude us? If we believe in a loving God, shouldn’t the quest to answer this question really be easy?
Think about the first reading today from Mass. God’s “commandment is this: we should believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another just as he commanded us.” What is it that God wants from us? Faith. And faith made real by the way we treat others. We are called to believe in God. In fact, many Americans when surveyed claim belief in God. It is easy to say we believe in God. But if we read the commandment carefully, belief must be made real. It must become authentic.