O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen..
1st John 5:1-6
Our readings today tell us a great deal about God’s love. John tells his readers that all love comes from God and that human love is a reflection of God’s love.
Early on, in the book of Genesis we learn that we were created in God’s image; and if it is true that God is love then we must assume that we are meant to emulate that same love, both for God and for others.
It is by knowing God that we can learn to love; and it is by loving that we can learn to know God. Both sides of the same coin. God gave up his only son in order to show how much he loves us and yet we need to remember that love is neither earned nor deserved. It is simply a gift from God with no strings attached.
Now, Jesus also told his followers that if they said that they loved God but hated their neighbor that they were a lair….a statement that is not difficult to understand or misinterpret.
As difficult as it may be at times to express our love for God, we can best prove our love for God by the way we express our love for others.
We need to understand that God created the world in order to be in relationship with his creation. His love is the explanation for that creation, for free-will, for redemption, and for life beyond. It is because of God’s love that he remains involved in our lives each day.
While God is our creator, he is much more than that as he along with his son and the Holy Spirit is also our redeemer and our sustainer.
Love is one of the most misused words in the English language. We say we love our families and yet we also love to travel; we love chocolate ice cream and our favorite sports team. There is a woman on TV who swears that she, “loves her Geaza sheets.” So we need to reflect seriously on what we mean when we use the word “love.”
But you and I don’t want to begin to believe that because God loves his creation that everything will always be sweetness and beauty because a loving God will still punish sinfulness because holiness demands that.
Jesus said, “as the Father loves me, so I love you,” and we know that God’s love for his son had no limits. Jesus also said that he considered each of us as friends and he wanted to share his joy with his friends. He wants us to have an abundant life and we can because of God’s love for his creation.
I challenge to share God’s love with someone this week and remember that God is love and he is good….all the time.
An Act of Spiritual Communion
“My Jesus, I belie that you are present in the holy sacrament of your body and blood. I love you above all things and I desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot at this time receive you sacramentally, I invite you to come spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as if you were here with me and I unite myself with you fully. Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen
A Prayer for the Church and Benediction:
Almighty and everliving God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth, hear our prayers this parish family. Strengthen the faithful, arouse the careless, and restore the penitent. Grant us all things necessary for our common life, and bring us all to be of one heart and mind within your holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
May the peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit be among you, and remain with you always. Amen.