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Love Life: Participation Reflection

As you pray, allow the image of Jesus as the bread to draw you to meditation: What hungers do you know in your life right now? Ask God to fill them. Express your gratitude for all the ways your life is full and your spirit nourished. “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” (John 6:35)

As you pray, allow the image of Jesus as the bread to draw you to meditation: What hungers do you know in your life right now? Ask God to fill them. Express your gratitude for all the ways your life is full and your spirit nourished.

“I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”
(John 6:35)

In our relationship with God, we are called not merely to know ourselves loved by God, but to participate in the relationship of love that we understand is God. The first letter of John explains that “God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.” When we love, we participate in the very life of God.

In the Christian tradition, the doctrine of the Trinity aims to express this amazing truth of a God who is love, who is relationship, by speaking of a God in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, united in an endless dance of love. John’s Gospel helps give shape to this idea through its portrait of the intimacy between God and Jesus, and its promise of a “Spirit of Truth” who will guide us in the ways of all understanding.

While the mystery of the Trinity may not be perfectly understood or understandable to us, the essential point could not be more clear: “If we love one another, God lives in us and God’s love is perfected in us.” The more we love, the more we participate in the life of God, even to the point where something about God’s own self becomes more perfect than it already was. This is a mystery worth pondering. This is a privilege worth claiming.

We participate in the love of God not only through prayer and worship, the sacraments and the Eucharist, but also in the ordinary, everyday acts of love that populate our lives. We can harness it with a smile. We can embody it with a kind gesture. We can perfect it with an orientation toward the world that asks, as Jesus did, “How can I serve?”

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2 Comments

  1. Meg on March 30, 2014 at 22:20

    “The more we love, the more we participate in the life of God, even to the point where something about God’s own self becomes more perfect than it already was. This is a mystery worth pondering. This is a privilege worth claiming.” This is an entirely new thought for me and I will certainly ponder it.

  2. Ruth West on March 4, 2014 at 11:36

    I am reading all the Participation articles by the editor. I find them to be so encouraging in my walk with the Lord Christ. John’s Gospel is the one which calls us to love him now more and more. Thank you for all of these articles, so well written, so focused on God’s love for us. Thanks for the Cowley Magazine. May God bless you today.

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