God so love the world that He gave us His only Son (John 3:16)

Bulletin Jan 14.jpgNowhere else is God’s love for us more evident than when He sent His own Son to die for us. God loves us so much that He could not bear to see us lost to sin.

He wanted us to know the joy and blessing of being His children. Deciding to punish sin while still showing mercy, God sent His only begotten Son, Jesus, to become man, to bear the punishment we deserved, in order that we could be free. Now that is love!

Now that He has us as His children once again, God our Father wants to be involved in our lives on a daily basis – as any loving parent would. He wants to work powerfully within each of us daily, to heal us, to break the patterns of sin we struggle with, and to make us like Himself. He wants us to become recognizable to others as His children. It should be of great encouragement for us to know that we are not alone; we have the Lord of the entire universe as our loving Father. He will protect, guide, and lead us through each day.

The best way to come to know our Father and develop a better relationship with Him is to set time aside each day to be with Him. In this special time of prayer, we will come to see how compassionate and wise our heavenly Father truly is.

Equally important is our participation in Mass and celebrating the gift of God’s mercy in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. In short, we should take advantage of every opportunity to encounter the One who loves us most.

We can bring our needs to our Father with confidence. We can be sure that God, Who gave His own Son for the life of the world, will certainly answer us when we call out to Him.

Father, thank you for sending your Son Jesus to pay the price of my sins, so that I could be your child again. I want to know you as my Father. Help me to trust you today. Let me see the signs of your love and favour today, and let your blessing rest on my family and friends and all those I deal with today – especially those I find difficult to love.

Amen.

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