Thursday, July 31, 2014

Bask in Christ's Love

Monday early I was on my way down to swim when I saw this rainbow in the west, created by the just risen sun in the east.  (clicking on the picture shows the rainbow better)
"I now set my bow in the clouds," God said to Noah, "and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth." (Genesis 9:13)  The story of the flood and its rainbow shows us that God never gives up on us human beings, but is always willing to start over with us.  God's love never runs out.
In Romans 8:35-39 Paul celebrates God's unending love that Jesus shows  the world.  In a burst of beautiful language Paul asks, "What will separate us from the love of Christ?  Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword?"  We think of all the bad things that could happen to us and know that doesn't mean that Jesus has stopped loving us.
"I am convinced," Paul says, "that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Jesus is the perfect sacrament of God's love for us.  In chapter 14:14, Matthew tells us that Jesus had compassion on the crowd.  The Greek verb means "was filled with tenderness."  He healed their sick and fed 5,000 from just five fish and two loaves of bread.
Jesus continues to lavish on us God's tender, never ending love, in the goodness of people and in the beauty of our world.

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