What will separate us from the Love of Christ?

October 31st, 2013  |  Published in Deacon Andy's Blog

Today’s readings are Rom 8:31-39 and Lk 13:31-35

What will separate us from the Love of Christ? Paul sets the bar high saying:

“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Borrowing a phrase that I heard (and fell in love with) from the Discovering Christ series; there is nothing we can do to make God love us any less.  This thought reinforces what St. Paul tells us, there is nothing that will keep Christ from loving us.  There is nothing external to us that can prevent us from returning that love.  We can however choose to not return Christ’s love by sinning. We may choose to turn our back on God, but God will never turn His back on us.

What a comfort it is to know that God’s love is unconditional.  When (and it is not if, but when) we sin the love of Christ is still there.  We have nothing to compare this truly unconditional love to in our human relationships.  Try as we might to love our family, spouse or friends through everything, there will be times when our love for them grows weak and even breaks.  Sometimes we refuse to ever give our love to a person again after a fight, confrontation, or blow up – whatever we want to call it.  God is not like that.  He continues to love us even when we are wrong, stubborn, and choosing to turn away from Him.  No matter how many times we sin or how grave the sin, God still loves us and is there waiting for us to return to Him through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

It is easy to acknowledge that we all are sinners.  That keeps it abstract.  Going to the Sacrament of Reconciliation makes our human weakness very concrete, very real.  That may be why it seems so hard to enter the reconciliation room.   The reward of turning back toward God and accepting that unconditional love again is worth admitting our faults.