The love of God

We all have Someone who loves us more than anyone else can, and who wants us to know that more deeply. Take a moment to let the love of God touch you in a new way…

“For God so loved the world, He sent His only begotten Son to be our saviour, so that all who believe in Him may not perish, but may have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

In winter, we reflected on the Incarnation: God giving Himself to be born as one of us. In spring, we reflect on His self-sacrifice for us: His death – and His resurrection to a new life that we may share in.

Remember the story of the ‘prodigal son’ who did not feel he deserved forgiveness, but when he returned to his father he found him waiting to celebrate his son’s homecoming. This is how Jesus told us to think of God.

Come, my children, your Father I am,

I’ve been waiting to welcome you home,

For so long, I’ve loved you, all along,

And I’m waiting now so come.

And I welcome you into my heart,

And I welcome you into my arms,

And I’m calling you to come home again;

My child I want you to know my love for you.

You’ve been crying and I know your tears,

I’ve been sighing for you all these years;

Let me hold you, let me take your hand,

Let me show, I understand.

And I welcome you into my heart,

And I welcome you into my arms,

And I’m calling you to come home again;

My child I want you to know my love for you.

Don’t be worried, whatever you’ve done,

For I will forgive you, I gave you my son,

Now the gates of heaven are open wide,

And I’m calling you inside.

And I welcome you into my heart,

And I welcome you into my arms,

And I’m calling you to come home again;

My child I want you to know my love for you.

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How can God become human? Only out of love. He Is Love Incarnate. He gave His life for us out of Love.  He calls us to give this Love to each other. He wants to be incarnate in us.  He wants to live in us. To be one with us.  For us to be love incarnate.

There is a Divine interplay, a dance, between the giving and receiving of love. Bishop Robert Barron explains the Christian definition of God as love:

“God is love. Love is not something that God does, or an attribute that God has; love is what God is. This means that God must be a play between lover, beloved, and love–between Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.” (Homily for the feast of the Trinity)

Song to the Trinity

Father our God may Your name be exalted

Mighty Your hand is profound are Your works

Marvellous to us all You have created

Signs of Your greatness the heavens and earth

Praise to You Father Lord God of creation

Praises we sing to Christ Jesus Your Son

And with the Spirit we glory and worship

Glory and praise to the Three in One

Jesus our saviour You came to redeem us

Light in our darkness You showed us the way

Shared the Good News of the love of our Father

Offered Your life so that we might be saved

Praise to You…

Spirit of God living presence among us

Still You restore us and fill us anew.

Many the gifts You bestow on Your people

Great is the work You inspire us to do

Praise to You …

Now we shall sing of Your glory and splendour.

Now we proclaim that Your kingdom is come

Reigning in glory both now and for ever

Mighty the Godhead the Three in One

Praise to You …

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At the Wedding at Cana (John 2:4), Mary said to Jesus, “They have no wine,” and Jesus responds, “What has this got to do with me? My Hour has not yet come.” What is his Hour? It is when he sheds his blood for us on the cross. Professor Scott Hahn tells us that it was the role of the bridegroom to provide the wine, and Jesus is referring to the time when He would give His life for us, so we can live forever in a communion of love with God and one another. The abundance of wine represents the abundance of God’s love for us.

The Passion of Christ refers to His suffering and death, which showed his sacrificial love. Song of Songs, the poem of passionate love, tells us Love is as strong as death, stronger than the grave, as is Jesus’ love for us. He loved us enough to die for us. To enter into that love, we need to respond to the new command of Jesus – Love one another. (John 13:34)

St John of the Cross said, “Where there is no love, put love, and you will find love.” You may not feel it at first – but do it. Love is not just a feeling – it’s an act of the will, as the song by Don Francisco goes. All of us are given a gift – to be an instrument of His grace, His freely given love. Take a moment of silence and pray to know how to do this, to be this.

We are designed to be receivers and givers of God’s love.  Jesus’ self-sacrifice shows us the greatest act of love. “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13) That is what He did for us. He wants us to receive His love, and in turn to give it out.

Let your love flow, let your love flow through me.

Blood and water flowing down from the tree;

Love and mercy is poured out over me.

Everything I’ve done wrong you still forgive;

You must love me more than I can believe.

Let your love flow, let your love flow through me.

When you look upon the world You cry;

Love and mercy is poured out from your side.

Loving justice when you paid for my crime;

Loving mercy when you paid the price that’s mine.

Let your love flow, let your love flow through me.

Help me to receive the love you give;

Help me to believe how much you love;

Help me heal the pain you feel for us all;

Take my heart my mind my body my soul.

Let your love flow, let your love flow through me.

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Songs © 2006 P. Allsop and © 2000 C Allsop

Read “The Father’s Love Letter”

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One Response to The love of God

  1. Roberta Kelly says:

    Lovely songs and singing. A spiritual experience! thank you. x

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