In love with ‘Ordinary Love’

Who would’ve thought that I’d discover a potential theme song for Pope Francis’ pontificate by watching the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon?

I did! And boy is it good. I’m in love with “Ordinary Love,” the song written by U2 for the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. The song won Golden Globe for Best Original Song this year, and was Oscar-nominated (2013 Best Original Song). The Dublin rockers performed it Sunday night.

Here it is…Franciscan as in Assisi and as in Bergoglio. It gives me so much to reflect upon. It gives me hope. It both inspires and challenges me.

“Ordinary Love” – lyrics by Bono

The sea wants to kiss the golden shore.
The sunlight warms your skin.
All the beauty that’s been lost before wants to find us again.
(I can’t fight you anymore. It’s you I’m fighting for.
The sea throws rocks together, but time leaves us polished stones.)

(Alternate verses: Your heart is on my sleeve. Did you put it there with a magic marker?
To give and receive is the same. It’s the same thing.)

We can’t fall any further if, we can’t feel ordinary love.
And we cannot reach any higher, if we can’t deal with ordinary love.

Birds fly high in the summer sky and rest on the breeze.
The same wind will take care of you and I. We’ll build our house in the trees.
Your heart is on my sleeve. Did you put it there with a magic marker?
For years I would believe that the world couldn’t wash us away.

Cause we can’t fall any further if, we can’t feel ordinary love.
And we cannot reach any higher, if we can’t deal with ordinary love.

Are we tough enough, for ordinary love?
Tough enough for love?
Are we tough enough, for ordinary love?

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