Thursday, May 14, 2015

God Loved You First

7th Sunday of Easter

For the seventh Sunday of Easter, the second reading will be from 1 Jn 4:7-10.

So, we’ve been hitting John’s first epistle really hard this Easter season, and he wrote extensively in this letter about love. So far, since Easter, we’ve talked about:
That’s a pretty comprehensive grand tour of what love is, as a theological virtue. The Catechism states that the theological virtues “dispose Christians to live in relationship with the Holy Trinity” (#1812), and Love (caritas) is the virtue by which we love God “above all things for his own sake, and our neighbor as ourselves for the love of God (#1822).”

He's spent all this time on it. So… Why is love so important?

There is rather a lot one could say on that subject:

Love is important because out of love, God created you, allowing that you will not be what he hoped (that is, unfallen). Out of love, Jesus came into the world to save you from your sinful, fallen state. Out of love, when Jesus went ahead to advocate for you at the right hand of God, he sent the Holy Spirit to be your helper and guide along the way.

At the risk of sounding melodramatic, you would be doomed to experience God’s justice, if it were not for his love.

This being the case, it is not only important that we have the theological virtue of faith (that which allows us to believe the things revealed by God in a factual sense), but also hope in him for salvation, and love him in return and love others on his behalf.

Faith, without works, is dead. Love is that which brings our faith to its intended fullness and crowns our faith with action.

Let’s pray:

Loving and Merciful Father,
Thank you for loving us in spite of all we do that makes us unworthy of your love. By your mercy increase your love in us, both for you, and for those you put in our lives.

Make us perfect in love that we might be your hands in the world, and love everyone we meet in just the way that you do.

PS: There are some popular misconceptions about Love. I'll talk about them next week.

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