"No greater love has he than one who lays down his life for his friends." The miracle of love is the essence of self sacrifice. Demonstrated for us down through the ages, this singular concept has emerged as the most fundamental reflection of Godly love.
Doing a little research, legend has it that the Roman Emperor, Claudius sought to ban marriages in order to build up his army. Valentine, a priest, flouted the ban and performed marriages in secret. He was executed for his treachery on February 14 in the year 270A.D. We aren't certain of the validity of this story, however, Christians have adopted it as the vessel upon which all the hearts, flowers and chocolates hitch a ride.
Why is love a miracle? Because total self-sacrifice goes against our human nature. Self annihilation just isn't what we do. Therefore, it must be supernatural. Where do we get this supernature? None other than Christ who gave us the example with His Very Self.
The thing we Christians celebrate today most of all is our martyr-laden past. Our practice of faith was purchased with blood and cost other's their lives. We are lovers because we were first loved...by God. And we would hope, if need be, that we would follow the supernatural example of Jesus and lay down our lives for Him or for our brother.
Happy Valentine's Day...