Wednesday in the Fourth Week of Lent, Mar 29, 2017
Doreen Cappelaere

 

Scripture for the Day

As a young mother pregnant with my second child, I remember wondering how could I ever love another child as much as my first daughter. I think I even worried and fretted about this.  However, when our second daughter was born and I held her in my arms for the first time, my love for her was instantaneous! How does this happen? The love for my new baby daughter was so real, visceral, and instinctual and it has only grown from that beginning.

In our Old Testament lesson today, the Lord says, “Can a woman forget her nursing-child, or show no compassion for the child of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.”  Does this mean that God’s love is greater than that of any earthly mother? I believe that our earthly love is God’s great love for us.

In our Gospel lesson, Jesus tells us, “For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does.”  There would be no love in this world without God’s greatest love, made manifest by the death of His only son on the cross.  I found words this week that explain this better than I am able. “In the moment of Jesus’ death, the innermost essence of divine love was released into the planet as a palpable force that continues to make its energetic presence directly known.” Cynthia Bourgeault from Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditations. During this season of Lent, I will look for this divine love everyday in all that I do. As I meditate and pray, I will ask God to show this divine love through me.

 

Last Published: March 27, 2017 11:22 AM