In the musical Les Misérables, Cosette, Marius And Eponine sing, “A Heart Full of Love.” That is a precise definition of Our Heavenly Father. He is a heart is so overflowing with love, it cannot contain itself and it bursts forth with love. At the same time, the son’s love is so great in return to the Father that out of the love for each other “the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son.” This is the great mystery of God’s Trinitarian love.
In our finite smallness, we cannot begin to imagine such an ocean of love. As St. John says, “God is love” (1 John 4:8). The overflowing love of the Father is not restricted to just Jesus. He loves each of us as well. He loves us so much that he sent his only son to die for us. “For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him” (John 3:17).
In the same way that the Father has demonstrated his infinite love for us, he asks us to share our love with others. As Jesus said, “‘This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no man that this, that a man lay down his life for his friends’”(John 15:12). St. Maximilian Kolbe is an heroic example of this.
God knows, however, that is easier to love some than others. Jesus said, “‘But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven’” (Matt. 5: 44-45).
If we let ourselves become trapped in our own bitterness and pain, we will struggle to forgive others, We need to let go. “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, with all malice, and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:31-32).
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