Posted by: livingscripture | June 4, 2011

Sixth Saturday of Easter

From the Word of the Day 

The Father himself loves you.

                                  John 16: 27                                                                  

How should we live this Word

This is an affirmation we are so used to hearing that it may no longer have resonance in our life.  All is well with our faith when things go along smoothly but as soon as there is suffering, we vacillate.  ‘If God loves me why has He permitted this in my life?’  It may be a financial reversal, or a sickness, and everything collapses.  We are overcome by situations precisely in the moment when we should be sustained by the certainty of God’s love and thus mature in the faith. 

God loves us and because of this He is like a Father who wants His children to become adults capable of facing the various situations of life.  Thus He does not prevent our difficulties.  We learn to center on what counts, on what is of eternity.  We learn to use everything with a certain healthy detachment.  We enjoy things, remaining aware that they are transitory and so, when they are lacking, we do not fall into depression.

God loves us.  He has called us into life, given usJesus, never abandons us, even when we do not perceive His presence.  His apparent absence calls us to be more aware of who He is in our life and the extreme need we have of Him.  It is an invitation to seek Him by pondering events and reading history in its depths.  It is an invitation to live fully, perceiving the footprints of the Beloved in the depths of our own being.  There He awaits us so that we may perceive ourselves loved and His words will truly have meaning in our life.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will seek to interiorize this affirmation of God’s love for me in intimate colloquy with Him in the depths of my being.

My God, infinite love that silently indwells me, draw me to the source that wells up within me. 

The voice of John Climaco, Church Doctor

 Blessed is the one whose desire for God is similar to the passion of a lover for the person loved.

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