Wednesday, April 6, 2011

April 6, 2011 Wednesday: 4th Week of Lent (A)

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Can a mother forget her infant,
be without tenderness for the child of her womb?
Even should she forget, I will never forget you. (Isaiah 49:14-15)


God's Unconditional Love

What can we say about God's love? We can say that God's love is unconditional. God does not say, "I love you, if..." There are no ifs in God's heart. God's love for us does not depend on what we do or say, on our looks or intelligence, on our success or popularity. God's love for us existed before we were born and will exist after we have died. God's love is from eternity to eternity and is not bound to any time-related events or circumstances. Does that mean that God does not care what we do or say? No, because God's love wouldn't be real if God didn't care. To love without condition does not mean to love without concern. God desires to enter into relationship with us and wants us to love God in return.

Let's dare to enter into an intimate relationship with God without fear, trusting that we will receive love and always more love.

-Fr. Henry Nouwen