In Love with God
What does it mean to be in love? True love? Some say that it can only happen once in your life, others say that there are many people out there suitable for one individual. Most of us make it a goal in life to find this true love, and for many, the constant searching blinds us from cherishing those who could be a perfect match. But should we be searching for love?
God has given us the gift of what true love should be, through the salvation in his Son, Jesus. Through baptism, we enter into this gift of love, and are able to learn and embrace a life of faith where we get to represent the person of Christ through the Church. Through living a good life and following the Commandments and Beatitudes, we participate in the life filled with love. Through going to mass and partaking of the Eucharist, we accept Christ into our lives and take part in this true love story. Every one of us bares our own cross, therefore sacrificing ourselves for others, metaphorically dying for others, and in embracing Christ, we are reborn again and again, made new by the grace of God through the Holy Spirit. We need to search for signs of God's love in our life, in the same way one searches for love through earthly relationships. Finding eternal love with God is an eternally valuable relationship to have, and one that takes constant work on our part.
Today's Psalm states:" Blessed be thou, O LORD; teach me thy statutes! I will delight in thy statutes; I will not forget thy word. Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. Make me understand the way of thy precepts, and I will meditate on thy wondrous works. Give me understanding, that I may keep thy law and observe it with my whole heart. Lead me in the path of thy commandments, for I delight in it." We can grow in our relationship with God through following His Commandments, seeking Christ in the Eucharist, constantly finding time for quiet prayer and reflection, and searching for God in everyday life, with open eyes and open hearts.
Today's prayer comes from 'Catholic Online' a prayer for loving God:
God, my Father, may I love You in all things and above all things. May I reach the joy which You have prepared for me in Heaven. Nothing is good that is against Your Will, and all that is good comes from Your Hand. Place in my heart a desire to please You and fill my mind with thoughts of Your Love, so that I may grow in Your Wisdom and enjoy Your Peace.