S.T Georgiou wrote in ‘The Isle of Monte Christo,’ “For a few minutes we sat there petting kittens, saying nothing. But every so often I glanced at Demetrios. His big, thick, wrinkled hands cradled the animal lovingly as he stroked its fur in repetitive waves from the neck on down. Then he looked up and sighed.
“Touch everything this way.”
“What do you mean?” I asked.
“Try to love everything. Everything wants love, just like these ghatakia (kittens). Let your love flow… let it be constant, like the seasons… We are called to love people, birds, beasts, trees, seas, stars… all of the universe wants to be cherished.”
Everything wants love and regardless of how many other things we may want or need; we want love. To even appear to not need love, or not wanting to love, is basically atheistic because God is love and loving. To be in the image of God is to love and to want to be loved. From kittens to kangaroos, from blue jays to blue heelers, from rivers to rocks and from person to person… everything wants love.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” Jesus