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Pastor's Corner (3/11/22)

Pastor's Corner
with Fr. Bob Hoffman
 
After the Bible, The Imitation of Christ is the most widely translated and circulated book in the history of Christianity. Imitating Christ in all that we do is a noble idea. However, we are invited to do more than imitate Jesus Christ. We are invited to become conformed to him.
 
You have probably heard me remind people that is not just that God loves. Rather, as found in 1 John 4, God is love. Saint Augustine described the Holy Trinity as a Father that loves, the Son that is the beloved, and the Holy Spirit as the love between them. 
 
John 3:16 is perhaps the most famous verse of all time: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” That might be the best expression of the love that God has for all of us. And for each one of us.
 
If we are becoming conformed to Christ, then we are necessarily reflecting the love that God has for us in the love that we have for others. This is most especially true for those closest to us: for our family. If God loves us, and if we reflect that love in our love of others, then others can come to know and experience the love of God because of the love that they experience from us.
 
And if they come to know the love of God through our love of them, then they can come to believe in God because of our love.