Thoughts for the Month

Dear Friends,

I hope that we are managing to find some time during this holy season of Lent to reflect upon our relationship with the Lord and indeed with one another. We must remember that ‘God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.’ (Romans 5:8)

For at the heart of the Christian message is the scandal of the cross. The death of Jesus on the cross makes the extent of God’s love fully known. I can only speak for myself, but personally this is as hard for me to get my head around as it was when I first heard it! Yet in faith I know it to be true. For ‘…unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit’. (John 12:24)

It was St Augustine who said ‘God loves each of us as if there were only one of us’. How amazing is that—to think that the creator of the universe loves us as if we were the only object of that love. We cannot do anything to earn or deserve God’s love, for it is freely given, so the question we must ask ourselves is how we respond to it. Do we share it? Do we reflect that love in the way we relate to one another? Are we generous of heart or do we constantly count the cost?

Humanly speaking, our love—unlike God’s love of us—is imperfect, yet we are called to claim that perfect love for ourselves.

Martin

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