Valentine

Clergy Corner by Deacon Ivan Hawk

"For God so loVed the world,
        the He gAve
           His onLy
           BegottEn
                SoN
                   T
hat whoever
       Believes In Him
         Should Not perish.
      But have Everlasting Life" (John 3:16).

As we begin this Lent on Valentine’s Day, it is so appropriate to focus on the great gift of love that our Lord has given us. We just celebrated the joy of Christmas when Jesus came into our lives. We now focus on why He came, to teach us how to live and how to love. Jesus gave us the greatest gift of love that anyone could give—His life!

God loves us and wants a personal relationship with us. Jesus came just to do that, to redeem us in His death and resurrection in the greatest act of love that God could show us. Love is the foundation of Christianity.

God's love for us is so intense, that God took on our humanity, taking on all the joy and sadness that accompanies the human condition, to redeem us and to show us how we might live this covenant of love.

On the Cross, Jesus is holding out His arms which is telling us that He loves us that much. Like a child's outstretched arms. CROSS: vertical to God & Horizontal to each other.

God's love for us is unconditional. There is nothing we can do to earn it. God's love was poured out in us before we were able to respond to any stimuli, and God's love will be there to sustain us no matter how we might try to deny its presence.

Love is so important to God that He gave us love as a gift of virtue, as well as a fruit of the Holy Spirit: 1 Corinthians 13:13. And now faith, hope and LOVE abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.

Love is the most powerful word in the world, and at the same time, the most powerless. Love is the most powerful because love alone can conquer the human heart. Love is also the most powerless word in the world, because it takes consent to make it happen. We may love another person for a long time and then decide to break that relationship. It is the same with our relationship with God. God’s love is eternal and irrevocable. Each of us has the option to consent to that love. But even as powerful as God’s love is, we can stop it from entering us by our simple refusal.

Please take the time during our Journey through Lent and let the love of the Author of Life fill you to overflowing.

Tags: Clergy Corner, Deacon Ivan
 

Clergy Corner & Homilies

Blog Thumbnail

Read our Clergy Corner and Homilies blog.


Recent

INNER MIRROR

Saturday, July 21, 2018
An interior decorator will always say if you want to create the illusion of more space, use mirrors; they will definitely open up the place.... Read More

SCRIPTURAL COUPONS

Saturday, July 7, 2018
Our present day way of life finds a commercial phenomenon -- Offering of Coupons -- an opportunity for financial benefit as well as calling... Read More

IT GOES ON!

Friday, June 22, 2018
A poet said: “in three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”  As I read these three words by... Read More

ARE WE ‘WHOLLY’ CATHOLIC?

Friday, June 8, 2018
The original source and meaning of the English word “Catholic” is found in Saint Ignatius of Antioch’s Letter to the ... Read More

GOD’S MOST SPECIAL GIFT TO WOMEN: MOTHERLINESS

Sunday, May 13, 2018
Today, throughout our country there is the celebration of Mothers’ Day. But those who should ALSO be celebrating this Mothers’ Day are... Read More

THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST: FACT OR FICTION?

Friday, April 13, 2018
Jesus declared: “I am the Resurrection and the life...” (John 11:25) (and He) opened their minds to understand the Scriptures that it... Read More

PREPARATION FOR THE JOY TO COME

Saturday, March 17, 2018
In a few days, we will be celebrating Palm Sunday, which ushers in the final week of Lent and the Sacred Paschal Triduum -- Holy Thursday, Good... Read More

TO WHOM ARE YOU LISTENING?

Friday, February 16, 2018
The Gospel for the First Sunday of Lent presents us with an experience common to all of us -- temptation, which Jesus reveals as “being put... Read More

Reverence in Church

Friday, February 2, 2018
Clergy Corner for February 4, 2018, Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Job 7:1-4, 6-7; Psalm 147:1-6; 1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23; Mark 1:29-39... Read More

FROM A TIME OF MERCY AND GRACE -- TO LIFE

Saturday, January 20, 2018
“Father, Forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34). From the earliest days of my studies for the priesthood,... Read More

Jesus Is Revealed to the Nations

Friday, January 5, 2018
Clergy Corner for January 7, 2018, The Epiphany of the Lord Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-2,7-8,10-13; Ephesians 3:2-3a,5-6; Matthew 2:1-12 On The... Read More

TEMPORAL FAMILY TO ETERNAL FAMILY

Sunday, December 31, 2017
The term “Family” has many analogues. There is “Family” found in the grouping “Americans as simply Citizens;”... Read More

Prepare the Way of the LORD!

Saturday, December 9, 2017
Clergy Corner for December 10, 2017, 2d Sunday of Advent Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11; 64:2-7; Psalm 85:9-14; 2 Peter 3:8-14; Mark 1:1-8 A voice cries out... Read More

Wisdom Is Seeing Things from God's Perspective

Saturday, November 11, 2017
Clergy Corner for November 12, 2017, 32d Sunday in Ordinary Time Wis 6:12-16; Psalm 63:2-8; 1 Thess 4:13-18; Mt 25:1-13 Who among us does not... Read More

Is God Unfair?

Saturday, September 30, 2017
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time Ezk 18:25-28, Ps 25:4-9, Php 2:1-11, Mt 21:28-32 Does life sometimes seem unfair? If so, are we tempted to think... Read More

Online Giving

Online Giving

Secure and Convenient Donate now!