Ephesians 1:1-10;Psalm 98:1-6; Luke 11:47-54
Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, Virgin
He chose us in him, before the foundation of the world. (Ephesians 1:4)
In 2012, the United Nations estimated that there were 7.2 billion people living on the Earth. And in an even more jaw-dropping statistic, the Population Reference Bureau provided a guesstimate in 2011 of how many people have ever lived on earth since the beginning of time: 108 billion! Can you imagine that before God created the world, in the midst of these 108 billion people who would live in it, he knew you perfectly and chose you to be with him?
When we hear that God chose us before the foundation of the world, it can sound so theoretical. We think of “us” as a universal group: God’s people, believers, followers of Christ. And while we are all part of a large group of believers, that doesn’t mean we’re just anonymous members of the crowd. No, our Father’s love for us is not generalized. It is personal and specific for each of us. He loves you for who you are. He loves you in the best way you can be loved.
Today, take the time to consider that before he made the world, before time began, God thought of you and chose you to be his child. Even if there have been 108 billion people living on the earth, it doesn’t matter. You—yes you, with all your quirks and idiosyncrasies—were in the mind of God and in his heart. He created you with a specific purpose, and he longs for you to be with him forever!
Here’s a great way to ponder this amazing truth: take today’s first reading, and wherever you see the word “us,” substitute your name. For example, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed [your name] in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, as he chose [your name] in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him.” Reread it slowly a couple of times. Proclaim it out loud. Let God expand your understanding of how much he loves you. Then bask in that love today.
“Father, my heart soars to know that I am in your heart! Help me to receive your personal love today and every day!”~WAU