Reflections

 

 

 

 

Jesus and Love

As the simple old hymn declares: “Jesus loves me. . . .” Yet we wonder: God loves me? A little skepticism might accompany the ennui of the noon-day devil’s mischief. If we’re fully and humbly honest, we could truly wonder why God love us. So, how DO we know that God loves us?

The argument from reality suggests that the artist claims her artwork with joy and pride, the fruit of her imagination coalescing into the work through the synthesis of the media chosen. Genesis tells us that God as Creative Artist claimed her Artwork of Creation as GOOD and human beings as VERY GOOD. Wisdom, Sophia, declares that the Word delighted with all of creation, even “playing in the world” as it evolved. Could it be so simple: If God did not love us, we would not be her. God looks upon us calling us My Beloved.

The mysteries of the life and death we ponder in Lent provide dramatic and incontrovertible evidence of God’s love through Jesus, God incarnate. There is no limit to Jesus’ tragic torture and criminal death: Love outpoured.

There is nothing else to do but to surrender to Jesus’ unending love, to open ourselves to the length and the breadth and the heights and the depths of Christ’s love which surpasses knowledge.

A first step toward letting ourselves be enfolded in God’s mantle of merciful love is to acknowledge we are indeed “unworthy.” Being worthy of God’s love is not the norm for God’s outpouring of incomprehensible love. God is the Source, the Norm, the Intention. It is God’s love that makes us worthy of God’s love!

Jesus, Love Incarnate,
Wonder of Creation,
Miracle of Unending Love,
Suffering Servant,
Do not take No for an answer.
Inspire my YES
To all the love You want to lavish on me.
Then I will be freed byYour resurrection
To rise to heights of love
For myself, others, and You.
Amen.

 

 

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