How can we fathom the depths of God’s love? How embrace wholeheartedly this marvelous truth?
Just consider creation—all of it. The world, all the planets and stars, the entire cosmos, everything that is: All were created by God. You and I were created by God. God decided that we would live.
I am deeply moved by the opening words of John’s Gospel:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God. All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be.
What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race:
the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it (Jn 1:1-5).
We know that this “Word” of God is the Son of God. We know that the Son of God became man. Again, as John testifies
And the Word became flesh
and made his dwelling among us,
and saw his glory,
the glory of the Father’s only Son,
full of grace and truth (Jn 1:14; see also Lk 2:1-20).
This brief passage contains the entire wonder of creation, of the Holy Trinity and the history of salvation.
Our God tells us, through the Holy Scriptures, that the Son of God assumed to himself our human nature (body, blood, soul and spirit). He lived among us as Jesus of Nazareth.
Jesus walked the earth as we walk the earth. He proclaimed the Kingdom of God, healed the sick, raised the dead and preached the Gospel of the Father’s love.
Jesus was unjustly condemned. He was crucified, died and was buried.
He rose again on the third day and appeared to his disciples. He commissioned the Apostles to lead his Church with Peter (who had denied Christ three times) as the head of his Church.
He ascended into heaven and sent to us his Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life.
The Holy Spirit remains with us, day in and day out, to inspire and instruct us.
The Holy Spirit guides Pope Francis, the successor of Peter, and all the bishops who are the successors of the Apostles.
Jesus founded a Church. We, with the pope and the bishops are that Church. We are a vibrant body filled with the Spirit of God, called by God to bring the love of God and the good news of salvation into the entire world.
Each one of us who is baptized, confirmed and nourished by the Scriptures and the Eucharist, must be united with the entire Body of Christ. Each of us is responsible for our share in the mission of Christ.
What a marvelous privilege and a delightful challenge!
With all our failings and feelings of unworthiness and incompetence, the Lord still calls us and trusts us. He wants us to take on our share in his mission of salvation.
Stay close to our Lord in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, in the Holy Eucharist. Absorb the Gospel as you read it prayerfully and hear it proclaimed and preached at Mass.
Remain faithful to the teachings of the Church.
Be open to the Holy Spirit.
Remember the comforting words of Scripture that assure us of the Spirit’s presence to help us give witness in tough and even dangerous situations:
Don’t’ worry about what you are to say, the Spirit will speak in and through you (See Mt 10:19, Mk 10:19, and Lk 12:11-12).