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"A Time to Love"

          In The First Letter of John, St. John says it succinctly: "God is love" (1 John 4:8.16). God is both tender and intense love! "Of all human words with their richness and their limitations, it is this word, love, that gives the best idea of the mystery of God the Trinity" (Dictionary of Biblical Theology; "Love", p. 325). As we enter this new season of love, trust that the Trinity and Mary have gone before us--as love always does--to prepare this season of grace for us: "I am going to prepare a place for you" (John 14:2).  My life work as a contemplative intercessor is to be "rooted and grounded in love" (Eph. 3:17). "Love" has created the world. "Love" has saved the world; and "The love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the holy Spirit" (Rom. 5:5). There is need of only one thing: Love! God is love. I only have need of God: "With age-old love I have loved you" (Jr. 31:3).

           Before I can believe in God's love for me, I need to experience His personal love for me. I need to be overwhelmed by God's Goodness and His kindness:

 "The path of goodness has a name; it is called love; in it we can find the key to every hope, for true love has its root in God himself" (Pope John Paul II. Agenda For the Third Millenium; p. 89).

 God desires intimacy and closeness with me. As I begin to experience God's unconditional acceptance and welcome, and the hospitality of His love for me, I begin to believe in His love. I begin to believe because I begin to change as I experience the truth of His love for me! One day I will be convinced--a true believer. The root meaning of the word, convince, is "to conquer". Do I dare allow love to conquer my heart?!:"We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us" (1 John 4:16).

          Love is really the only proper lens through which to "see" life through and to live life through. God's love imparts a new vision in my heart--a new vision for life. I can let go of "yesterday's yeast"; now, I can let God's love be the leaven of my life: My life lens! When I have experiences of being overwhelmed by God's personal love, I begin to experience my heart more as a "garden within" : A place of overwhelming personal presence; this presence is that of the indwelling Trinity. I begin to feel more "at home" in my heart. God's love truly makes my heart a home.

          God is most interested in--most focused upon--the "interior landscape" of my heart. He desires it to be a "land flowing with "milk and Honey": The milk of the holy Spirit and the honey of His word. God desires my heart to be " a land of the free and a home of the brave"--a true "heartland"! It takes courage to stand in the certain truth of God's love for me at all times. Yet, I am never so free as when I dare to believe in this foundational truth.

          The truth is that God sees beauty within my heart: "For the Lord delights in you" (Is. 62:4); "You are lovely" (Songs 2:14). Do I believe this? I am precious to Him. Do I believe this? Is this not, in fact, the truth?: I am dearly loved by God. I am dearly beloved. I am His: "You are mine...you are precious in my eyes...I love you" (Is. 43:1,4); and what's more, "My love shall never leave you" (Is. 54:10). I am both loved and loveable. God desires to have access to my whole heart--to have me open more to His presence. Love desires to make its home in my heart fully and permanently! Home is where the heart is. Home is where God's love is. God is as close to me as my heart.  

          It's really all about falling in love with God--falling in love more and more to the point of letting go completely--letting go of myself, my life, my way...me! With God, all is relationship and communion. True freedom is found in belonging to Another completely: "More delightful is your love than wine!" (Songs 1:2).  

Questions:

1)   Can I recall and describe my most recent experiences of God's love for me?

2)   When (in what circumstances) do I struggle most to believe in God's personal love for me?

Scriptures:

Any scripture from the text; Is. 43:1-4; Is. 54: 10-12; Zeph. 3:17-18A;

"TWO-ZERO-ONE-EIGHT, TIME TO EXPIATE"

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