Fr. Tim's Letter - March 11, 2018

Hello People of the Resurrection...

Monday night, 10PM; after “kind of a day off”; a ‘Snow Day’ already declared for tomorrow! Yes!!! Four hours of writing ‘thank you notes’ following upon Mom’s funeral. And “page 3” still needing to be written!

So at Lent’s midpoint, I’m thinking about today’s Gospel from St. John... the famous “3:16”.

You know it by heart I bet!  Not only in church; it also shows up in secular, athletic events and worldly moments, like with professional athlete and Christian, Tim Tebow.

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“God so loved the world that He gave His only Son. God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world might be saved through the Son”!

Could this present us with an opportunity for our Lenten repentance in the 2nd half of the season?

A big part of Christianity – perhaps the toughest challenge, is to trust in that love & accept it. For me, in the first 64 years, that hasn’t always been an easy thing to do!?!Our inclination is to presume that God loves the way we do: Love must be ‘earned’, ‘deserved’, ‘merited’. Love can be lost, forfeited, withdrawn if we screw up.

But that’s not how God loves. God loves, before we can think to ask or earn it; God loves
without condition. And in the moment we make our biggest mistake – God still loves us!

We can deflect it, deny it; say “no thanks” to it. But even then, God still loves us.

We are powerless to stop God from loving us!

In some ways, this IS the way we love too. Moms and Dads, you know this!  And I’ve seen
spouses navigate the experience of infidelity and adultery - choosing to still love and be loved by each other – their marriages stronger in the aftermath, than they would have otherwise ever been!

In the face of God’s relentless love, all we can do is surrender...accept it.  And then our lives – our whole religious practice is no longer earning love, but saying: “Thank you for loving me so much, God! That’s how I want to love you!”

Imagine that!  Our whole Roman Catholic Christian experience becoming “thanksgiving”, “Eucharist”...broken and poured out in joyful, unconditional love for God & other persons!

Accepting Divine Love in gratitude and imitation...

“God bless us...EVERY one”!

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