Mystery and Reality of God’s Love

Challenge: Each time you make the sign of the cross, do it conscientiously and lovingly.
by Father Dominic Pham, LC | Source: Catholic.net

May 18, 2008
The Holy Trinity

John 3: 16-18
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God.


Introductory Prayer: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I believe in you and your ever-present love in my life. I believe that you sent the Son into the world to save me from my sins and evil inclinations. I want to love you more. May this time of prayer be an expression of my thanks and love.

Petition: Lord, may I always have you present in my life.

1. God So Loved the World Love begins not with us, but with God. The ultimate gift is salvation, which is a free gift from God. On our own we can never merit such a wonderful gift. But thanks to God’s love, we are redeemed and may be called children of God. In as much as we recognize this love, we find it possible to respond to him with our own love.

2. Love That Saves God’s love is not a passive love. It reaches out to us. “While we were yet enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son” (Romans 5:10). It is a love that knows no bounds; it is a love that always seeks to show itself. At every moment of our lives, our Lord gives us the possibility of gaining eternal happiness.

3. Self-Condemnation by Not Believing in the One Who Saves St. Augustine once said, “He who created me without me cannot save me without me.” By his eternal love, God has given us the possibility of attaining eternal joy. But he has also given us free will to choose to work towards that reward. To win eternal joy we must play our part by accepting God’s gift and doing what it demands. The proud man has no claim over God’s salvation. He excludes himself by failing to see his need for God.

Conversation with Christ: Lord, grant that I live in humility before you. Bring me to recognize your presence in my life and to seek your face in all I think, say and do. May I be a visible sign of your love for all my brothers and sisters by my joy and charity!

Resolution: Each time I make the sign of the cross, I will do it conscientiously and lovingly.

 

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