We were made by God to love and to be loved. It is so human to feel love or the lack of it. Our life is given to us to know God’s Divine Love in this life and to be in that Love forever here after in heaven. We are also called to learn to love one another humanly with sincere charity, right where we are now; in our marriages, families, parishes, religious orders, schools and Church.
Jesus’ summarizes all the commandments by this: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. And the second is like to this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself“. Matthew 22: 37 -39
St. John also states: “God is Love“. 1 John 4: 16 And we read him saying: “Let us therefore love God, because God first hath loved us. If any man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar. For he that loveth not his brother, whom he seeth, how can he love God, whom he seeth not? And this commandment we have from God, that he who loveth God, love also his brother.” 1 John 4: 19-21
In the Gospel and three letters of St John, we see the love of Jesus. St. John is called “the disciple Jesus loved”. From him we have the famous Bible verse John 3: 16: “For God so loved the world as to give His only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in Him, may not perish, but may have life everlasting.” He also writes how Jesus says: “Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends“. John 15: 13.
I feel that the reason St. John’s Gospel and letters are so full of love, is because he personally experience Jesus’ love for him and especially when he laid his head on His breast, over the heart of Jesus. Jesus also allowed St. Gertrude and St. Margaret Mary Alocoque to rest their heads on His breast to know the “Wonders of His love” and the “Treasure of His goodness”.
When Jesus appeared to St. Margaret Mary in 1673, He asked her to make known the wonders of this love. He said: “Behold the heart that has so loved men… instead of gratitude, I receive from the greater part of mankind, only ingratitude.” In that apparition, He was radiant with love and related to her the treasures of His goodness.
God has proves His love for us in so many ways. He continues to give us His only Son in Holy Communion. He is always waiting for us with love when we come to Him in prayer and contrition (especially in the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle). He always ready to forgive, no matter how many times or how seriously we have offended Him by our sins and coldness toward His generosity.
He shows us His love by teaching us His commandments about what to do and what not to do, to save us from hurting ourselves and others in this life and the world to come (hell hurts us forever).
God shows His love by the beauty of human love that we experience in our families and friends. He shows us His love by the children He gives us who are full of unconditional love and happiness. He also shows us His love in the unconditional love that animals show us.
His love is reflected in the incredible beauty of the Universe. The more we discover the macro expanses of the astro world or the micro world of the atoms and sub atomic world, the more amazing is the greatness, beauty and complexity of His gift of creation to us. The plants, the animals, the stars, the planet, the world, the fish and people are beyond our human comprehension. All created harmonically and for our enjoyment.
So when we feel lonely, there is Someone waiting for us with personal love and affection. He will show it by the miracles He will do for us. If we approach Him and ask for His help with faith, open our minds and hearts to His divine action, He will lovingly respond.
Like so many people today, who have thrown out belief in God with there intellectual pride, they have cut off themselves from His great loving power that is waiting to help them in their difficulties. How wonderful it is to know that there really is a loving personal God who continually makes know Himself by His creation, Love and miracles.
Human love is wonderful. But it is also conditional, as each one of us have experienced over and over again with our family members and friends. God is not like that. He is constant.
But He says over and over, through Jesus, that if we love Him, to keep His commandments. If we could only keep in mind one thing, I would say the most important and scientific is that God is Love and gives us commandments of actions to do and to avoid only for our good. Just look at the horrors in the news everyday. Every one of these atrocities have been provoked by man’s rebellion against the loving laws of God.
When we rebel against God’s loving rules, we only hurt ourselves, our family, our community, our Church and society in general. When we obey, out of love the commandments of God, we are happier, more loving and safer.
Jesus’ love is a sacrificial love. He proved His love on the cross at Calvary. When He appeared as the Sacred Heart, His heart is pierced and wounded for love of us. It is bleeding and beating for love. May we stop being so proud, and humbly submit our wills to this divine love. May we make up for all those who do not love, adore and believe, by loving, adoring and believing.
Human love is wonderful, but the creator of that love is a billion times greater and more loving than His creature’s love. So may we never despair for lack of love or friendship. Let us not be part of the “lonely hearts club“. There truly is a loving God waiting for us with arms open. When we, the prodigal son, comes running home full of sorrow for having abused the divine inheritance of grace by our terrible sins, God is always there waiting. God will re-vest us in His love and grace, and welcome us back home where His love never ends.
But the greatest gift of God’s love will only be obtained when we enter into God’s eternal loving abode in Heaven. Thank You God.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.