Reflections - March 11, 2018

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.”  Jn. 3:16.
In John’s Gospel we find this statement that unequivocally summarizes the meaning of our faith.  The love of God manifested in Jesus Christ is unconditional and heals our wounds.  As Saint Augustine says:  God is more intimate with my being that I am myself.  And faith is the consciousness of this intimacy.
There are two attitudes to the love of God manifested in Christ Jesus:
The first attitude is the conviction that “because we are loved, we love freely and we become worthy of greater love”.  San Bernardo.
The other attitude is the faith of feeling loved and happy because we know that we are doing His will:  loving God and others.  That faith in the Son that gave himself up for us is what makes us observe the commandments of loving God and our neighbor, not to earn or preserve His love, but, as Paul says:  “we have been saved by grace through faith and this is not from you; it is the gift of God”.  Ef 2:8.  It is the true faith in God that matures through prayer where it is perfected, accepting from the Lord His plan of salvation in our family and community.  As St. Teresa would say, “You do not have to give so that I will love you, but as a son that “drinks from the source of living water” we are filled with love and faith “to be the light of the world”, cooperators of grace.  Remember that faith is not being still, nor is the result of reasoning or argumentation, on the contrary, the love and the faith in Jesus “has two hands”, the first is forgiveness, that never abandons us despite our failings.  The other hand is His resurrection, which reveals to us that God sustains us even beyond death.  Amen.