Taste and See: beloved children of God

Therese 6

The second reading on Sunday,  the Solemnity of All Saints, came from the first letter of St John.

Think of the love that the Father has lavished on us,
by letting us be called God’s children;
and that is what we are.
Because the world refused to acknowledge him,
therefore it does not acknowledge us.
My dear people, we are already the children of God
but what we are to be in the future has not yet been revealed;
all we know is, that when it is revealed
we shall be like him
because we shall see him as he really is.
Surely everyone who entertains this hope
must purify himself, must try to be as pure as Christ.

1 John 3:1-3

It is not only the world that sometimes fails to recognise our dignity as children of God.

How often do we fail to recognise that dignity ourselves? We are sometimes so conscious of our faults and failings that we forget we are loved and cherished. We can be blind to the love of the Father and the Son for us, of the grace of God shared in countless ways so that we might be drawn on to holiness, our fulfilment in love.

We can be blind to the truth about God and blind to the truth about ourselves. How fortunate that the loving and patient God looks out for us, caring and protecting us, simply because God loves us. Worthy of God’s love we surely are not. But love, true love, does not weigh our merit. Love loves, and we are object of God’s love.

What encouragement that extraordinary truth can give us, as we try to make the most of each situation, trying to be open to the opportunity it gives for stepping forward in faith and hope.

  • What challenge do you face today?
  • What encouragement do you find in the reminder of God’s love for you?
 Photograph of statue of St Therese of Lisieux in Cathédrale Saint-Pierre, Lisieux. Therese was animated by love. She knew herself beloved by God and strove to live that love in countless ways. Photograph (c) 2014, Allen Morris

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