We Can Never Grasp the Depth of God’s Love for Each of Us
Reflections on the readings for the Fourth Sunday of Lent (March 11, 2018): 2 CHR 36:14-16,19-23, PS 137:1-2,3,4-5,6, EPH 2:4-10, JN 3:14-21
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In today’s Gospel, we are told that the Father sent His Son among us to bring us to salvation. “God did not sent His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.… The Light came into the world.…Whoever lives the truth comes to the Light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God” (John 3:17,19, 21). God wants us to embrace Jesus who is the light of the world, who is Himself all goodness and love. At times we can show ourselves willing to be people of the darkness by seeking our preferences although they are not ultimately in the best interests of our bodies, our minds or our spirits.
In that way, we are used to thinking of God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – as completely compassionate and merciful. Yet, too often, we presume on God’s nature. We tend to think that whatever we do, God will forgive us and give us another chance. That is true. But at some point we will die. If we have not truly opted for the love, will and grace of our Lord we have no more choices to make. God wants us to understand the intensity of His mercy and His longing for us to live on earth in a close, warm and grateful relationship with Him. And He wants us to choose eternity with Him because His overwhelming love is our deepest desire.