29 Aug 2017
God is passionate about his people. As much as we’re called (and made) to love God, it’s good to remember that, first, God is passionate about us. He takes a deep interest in us. As the psalm says, “O Lord, you have probed me and you know me; with all my ways you are familiar. Behind me and before, you hem me in and rest your hand upon me.”
God is passionate about us; he doesn’t stand at a distance. Instead, he knows every detail about us and our lives. We could even use the image St. Paul uses in his letter to the Thessalonians, and say that God is not imposing, but is rather “gentle among us, as a nursing mother cares for her children.”
God is passionate about his people. He loves us, he knows us inside and out, he speaks the truth to us, he became one of us at the Incarnation, and he died to show us the way to resurrected life. We can never repay God enough for his passionate love for us. But we can offer to him what we’re able to offer: a mind that probes the mystery of this loving God; a life devoted to truth, beauty, and goodness wherever we find it; and a heart that offers thanks and praise at his altar.
We may not be called upon to give our lives like John the Baptist or the martyrs. But we can still be passionate about our God. And it begins by simply sharing our life with God, and let him shares his with us.