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“God chose us in Christ before the world was made.” (Ephesians 1:4)
When God created the world, he had us in mind. Creation was not merely an exercise in his might and dominance, but principally an act of love.
Saint John Paul II (whose feast we celebrate on October 22), put it eloquently in Familiaris Consortio.
“God created man in His own image and likeness: calling him to existence through love, He called him at the same time for love. God is love and in Himself He lives a mystery of personal loving communion. Creating the human race in His own image and continually keeping it in being, God inscribed in the humanity of man and woman the vocation, and thus the capacity and responsibility, of love and communion. Love is therefore the fundamental and innate vocation of every human being.”
Love is inscribed in our very being for the Creator created us in love. This means that the only possible response is to love in return and to participate in God’s mission of love and mercy.
Pope Francis has called us in a special way during this Jubilee Year of Mercy, “to return to this beating heart of our life and our witness, to the center of the proclamation of faith: God is love.”
Let us pray this month and offer our lives daily in love and thanking God for his wondrous gift of life.
- Philip Kosloski
Writer and Content Manager
The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (USA)
See “The Way of the Heart”