by Fr Duncan McVicar on 19/12/2014 -
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the Jews on behalf of God’s truth, to confirm the promises made to the patriarchs so that the Gentiles may glorify God for his mercy, as it is written: “Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles; I will sing hymns to your name.” (Romans 15:4-9)
God created us in order to love us. He is love – his essence is to love eternally. None of us can say: “No one cares about me” or “no one is interested in me”. It doesn’t matter if we are rich or poor, attractive or plain, young or elderly, we are always the focal point of God’s love. What does he ask of us in return? Nothing less and nothing more than to love him in return! This gives our lives meaning and purpose – God becomes the focal point of our love. Everything in heaven and on earth is a continuous call, an opportunity and invitation to love. We are set on fire with love from the moment that a lasting and passionate love embraces us – and we feel it. Always the same exchange – love for love!
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