Wednesday after Epiphany              

            St. John, in today’s first reading, says, “God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him.” According to Jeremy Taylor: “Love is the greatest thing that God can give us; for he himself is love: and it is the greatest thing we can give to God.”

            “God is love.” This means that all God does is love. As the sun only shines, conferring its light and warmth on those who stand ready to receive them, so God only loves, conferring light and warmth on those who would receive them. This means that God does not have anger; God does not punish. When we separate ourselves from God by our sin, all the change takes place in us, never in God. God is unchangeably loving.

            It is the nature of God that his love abides forever – his love is ever faithful. This is the great challenge on us: To fully realize and deeply experience God’s faithful love, God’s unconditional love for each of us. We have to realize that the Lord has been with us every step of the way… he has watched us… he has cared for us… he has loved us. The Lord knows us – he knows about our worries, fears, and anxieties; he knows about our struggles, weaknesses, and idiosyncrasies; he knows our hearts’ desires and our secret longings. The Lord has nothing but precious gifts for us – the gift of love, of forgiveness, of mercy, and of healing.

            Believing in God who is love… trusting in God who loves us… recognizing God’ love for each us… that is the heart of Christian faith. And it is by this truth that we must live our life. Ang buong buhay natin ay dapat na maging isang patuloy at tapat na pagtugon sa pag-ibig ng Diyos sa atin.

            Let us allow ourselves to deeply experience God’s unconditional love. And let us allow ourselves be embraced by God’s loving mercy.

            The idea of unconditional love is dramatized in this anecdote…

            A troubled married couple consulted a well-known psychologist and counselor. The wife complained that her husband was loving only when she kept their house in perfect order. The man agreed that this was true, but maintained that he had the right to expect a house in perfect order when he returned from a hard day’s work. The wife countered, “But I need to know that he loves me whether the house is clean or not, just to have the strength to clean the house.” The counselor agreed with her.

            Well, my dear friends, we don’t have to win, earn, or be worthy of God’s love. God’s love is a gift… God’s love is unconditional.

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