Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Priest and Martyr
Steadfast is his kindness toward us. (Psalm 117:2)
“Alleluia” resounds during this joyful season. Christ is risen from the dead! That’s good news, right? Do you know—really know—what the good news is? It’s not just that the Jews conspired with the Romans to crucify Jesus, yet he rose from the dead. It’s not just that we’re sinners, and Jesus saved us. No, it’s that while we were sinners, God loved us. That’s good news! No sin, no failing, no weakness ever has disqualified you from being the object of God’s love.
Even though we fall short of the glory of God, his love isn’t dependent on how well we respond to him. He loves us because he created us. Period. He loves everything that exists. He hates nothing that he has made. He wouldn’t create anything he hates, would he? This is good news indeed. When we let his love touch our lives, it melts our hearts and overtakes us. We want to shout it out: God loves us—always and forever!
Today’s Scripture readings reveal the depths of God’s love. He loves us when we’re breathing murderous threats, as Saul did. He loves us when we’re blindly trying to respond to his word, as Saul was. He loves us when we say, “Here I am, Lord” and also when we disagree with him or try to tell him his business, as Ananias did. He loves us when we quarrel and oppose and find fault with his ways, as the Jews in today’s Gospel did. And he loves us when we just plain don’t understand, or fail to respond, or react incorrectly, as some of Jesus’ disciples did.
God loves us all the time. Nothing can change that. This is news that everyone needs to hear. You can’t earn God’s love; he’s already given it freely. No one who wants to know it is beyond its reach. When you call to him, when you seek his presence, he will hear you. When you seek him with all your heart, you will find him, and he will lavish his love on you. He has nothing but steadfast kindness for us. His faithfulness endures forever.
“Father, steady me in your love today. Hold me upright in it. Reassure me of it when I’ve fallen short, and strengthen me in it where I am weak.”~WAU