by Fr. Rick Pilger, I.C. Pastor
Wednesday Epiphany Week
Growing in the love of God is growing in the person of Jesus.
It won’t be hard for any of us to think back
of the moments someone genuinely loved us
and we experienced the person of God.
I could think back of those moments
when I was sick as a child
my mom would rub my head with a cool cloth,
trying to break a fever.
Or the time I was walking into the church
to be ordained a priest and mom and dad both said,
“If this is not what you want son,
we will always love you.”
Think also of the times that friends have stood by you
while going through a difficulty or a joyous experience.
St. John tells us, “No one has ever seen God.
If we love one another, God remains in us,
and he brings his love to perfection in us.”
In Greek, the words “remain in” are translated as
“settle in for a while and relax.”
How many times we’ve relaxed and without knowing it,
we were settling in the arms of God
when someone loved us.
This love is far beyond emotion or some feeling.
It’s those moments when someone’s compassion,
mercy, benevolence, kindness, honesty touched us
to the core and changed everything for us.
These and similar acts of love are acts of God in his people.
John tells us, “No one has ever seen God.”
Maybe we haven’t seen him with our eyes,
but we sure know him in our hearts
through the love of others.