Thought of the Day December 27, 2018 Loved by God

By 9:48 AM

Falling in love with Jesus is a response to his love for us. Many, outside of the scriptures, have attempted to reflect on this reality. In the Middle Ages, Meister Eckhart said: "God lies in wait for us with nothing so much as love. For love resembles a fisherman's hook. Once the fish takes the hook, the fisherman is sure of the fish, the fisherman is assured of the catch, twist and turn as it may, this way or that. And so I say of love; the one who is caught by it has the strongest of bonds, and yet a pleasant burden....he can cheerfully forgive whatever evil is done to him. Nothing brings you closer to God or makes God so much your own as the sweet bond of love. the one who has found this way need seek no other. The one who hangs on this hook is caught so fast that foot and hand, mouth and eyes and heart, and all that is the person, belongs to God...watch for this hook so as to be blessedly caught: for the more you are caught, the more you are free."

"That I love thee continuously is My Nature/ For I myself am Love;/That I love thee fervently is My Desire/ For I long to be greatly loved./That I love thee long comes from My eternity,/For I am everlasting and without end." (Mechthild of Magdeburg)

Reflect on your experience of God's eternal, unconditional and unmerited love for you. Write your own story.

(To be continued)

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