Jesus knew Mary Magdalene: knew her needs, her desires, probably her history. He loved her very personally. And so for us. God’s love for us is channeled through Jesus, who has come to love us, and who is able to love us quite personally, all of what has made us who we are. This is not unconditional love; this is conditional love: our personally experiencing love given the conditions that have formed and deformed our lives.
-Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE