Thursday, October 26, 2006

The Fullness of God

to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self,
and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith;
that you, rooted and grounded in love,
may have strength to comprehend with all the holy ones
what is the breadth and length and height and depth,
and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge,
so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Ephesians 3:16-19

This is what knowing God's love is! This is what it feels like to have the very presence of God dwell within. It is a fullness, that is not of self but of God. Finding how to explain it just showed itself in today's first reading. Because Paul had the grace to have been filled with God's love through his encounter and write about it for us to know and understand the very love of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Son of God.

It is this very love that surpasses knowledge of what we know of love. And to think we could all have this if we so choose. But in today's Gospel Jesus gave us an edict, he will divide families. Families are the root of love. For one to become one there must be love to begin a family.

How divided we have become at times, from our own willfulness. Where our love for each other turns against those we love because we either love selfishly, or not at all. Jesus who is the epitome of love, teaches us how not to be divided. It is love of neighbor as ourselves that gives us wholeness. How true it is too. Love of God, brings love to all with a fullness beyond understanding, it is easily comprehended, yet so very difficult for many. His love is very real, it is felt, it is known, it is ours when we seek it.

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