This morning our parish offered a Confirmation retreat for the eighth grade Confirmandi. It was a glorious day. We discussed the love of God and how He desires to have a personal and intimate relationship with us. For some of the teens, they had never considered that the Lord of the Universe could possibly be a Lover to His Beloved.
During a time of exposition, the parish offered the Sacrament of Reconciliation for all present. Some of the teens wanted to know what could block them from experiencing that love in their lives. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), paragraph 2094 offers five ways that we sin against His love for us which includes:
- indifference neglects or refuses to reflect on divine charity; it fails to consider its prevenient goodness and denies its power.
– ingratitude fails or refuses to acknowledge divine charity and to return him love for love.
– lukewarmness is hesitation or negligence in responding to divine love; it can imply refusal to give oneself over to the prompting of charity.
– acedia or spiritual sloth goes so far as to refuse the joy that comes from God and to be repelled by divine goodness.
– hatred of God comes from pride. It is contrary to love of God, whose goodness it denies, and whom it presumes to curse as the one who forbids sins and inflicts punishments.
At the end of the day, we shared with them that while the Lord desires to have an on-going, personal and intimate relationship with us, He is a gentleman. Thus, in order for us to experience and allow that love to grow, we must be intentional about it. He will never force us into a relationship we do not desire or will not pursue. It is not a Sunday thing but a 24/7 attitude and relationship. If you are not, or have not chosen in an intentional manner to love and be loved by the Father, through His Son in the power of the Holy Spirit, today is the day of salvation! Jump on in!
So we know and believe the love God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. (1 John 4:16)
As we enter into the Lord’s Day, may the love of the Most Blessed Trinity overwhelm and brood over you that you may be set ablaze with a passion for God and compassion for other people.