Saturday, May 20, 2017

In dilectione mea (Jn 15:10)

The earnest desire of God for every human being is expressed in the most precious words: “Remain  in my Love”. This invitation impels one to establish a personal relationship with God at first on the solid foundation. So not only falling in love with Jesus is sufficient but also one needs to find ways to sustain that love at any cost. Different stages of the interpersonal relationship throw light on the benefits and pitfall while two individuals desire to live and love each other. Eventually what keeps them bonded even when life goes tough is not the initial attraction but the decision to love one another despite of the personal limitations. There love becomes a gratuitous gift and the partners need not to earn love but just to receive and share it. 
Truly God loves us unconditionally and his love is beyond any comparison. To help us remain in love we accept commandments, take vows, make promises or sign into marriage contracts according to the way of our life. However, we need to remind ourselves that these should not become ends but they are just means for us to reach God. According to Jesus, love of God and love of neighbour are equal and complement each other. One should come to the awareness that we cannot please God and earn his love by reciting prayers, doing charity or taking on many religious rituals. We are loved from eternity as children of God and for that reason we don’t have to earn this love. Prayers and observance of commandments do not please God extra but help us remain in his love. Once we know the breadth and depth of God’s love, we just abandon ourselves in that universal flow. Our joy is complete only when we become one with the divine love (by s. Jessy Paul SSpS).

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