God loves us.
I have a cycle that I follow in going through the Mysteries of the Rosary. There used to be three sets of five, all reflecting on Our Lord's life, death, and Resurrection:
- The Joyful Mysteries
- The Sorrowful Mysteries
- The Glorious Mysteries
- The Luminous Mysteries
This morning I prayed the Sorrowful Mysteries:
- The Agony in the Garden. Fruit of the Mystery: Sorrow for Sin, Uniformity with the will of God
- The Scourging at the Pillar. Fruit of the Mystery: Mortification, Purity
- The Crowning with Thorns. Fruit of the Mystery: Contempt of the world, Courage
- The Carrying of the Cross. Fruit of the Mystery: Patience
- The Crucifixion. Fruit of the Mystery: Salvation, Forgiveness
God loves us. It seems incredible to me, but there is no other way I can see it. He loves us not for what we are, but ... well, He just loves us. Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus a man, facing the Cross - could only have done what He did because He loved His Father, and His Father loves us - so He loves us. There in that agony was the critical moment. "Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass for Me - yet not My will, but Thine."
I have pondered all day what to write and can do no better than this - because I cannot express it. I went to Mass this morning, and at Mass, between the First and Second Readings - followed by the Gospel reading - is the Psalm. The cantor chants the verses of the Psalm. Between each section of, usually, four lines, we respond. Our response today was:
"Happy the people the Lord has chosen to be His own"
God loves us. God grant us the gift of loving Him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength - and our neighbour as ourself.