The origin of love is God's goodness diffusing itself from all eternity. God the Father generates the Son in love which means that he is also the origin of the Spirit whereby the Father loves the Son and the Son loves the Father. "As the Father of the only Son, he is, with the Son a single principle from which the Holy Spirit proceed." (Catechism of the Cath. Church, # 248) So close is this bond of love; each divine person lives fully in the other without losing their distinction. This is affirmed by Christ as He stated: "The Father is in me and I am in the Father." (Jn 10:30) And again, "The Father and I are one." (Jn 10:38)

Creation is an act of God's love diffusing itself through the Son in the Spirit. This means that creatures participate and reflects in a limited way in the love of God. God's Trinitarian dynamics are evident in all of creation from the atom to human level of being. There is love among the particles, gravitational and electromagnetic attraction. "The little electron just 'knows' the difference between the proton which she 'loves', and another electron, which is her rival." (Peter Kreeft, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Heaven, Ignatius Press, San Francisco, 1990,p. 126). There is duality in nature which we express in masculine and feminine terms. We speak of brother sun and sister moon and mother earth. A rock is masculine while water is feminine. This is not the case of us projecting our sexuality to the lower creation but the fact that cosmic tendencies toward union have given rise to sexuality in human nature. The gravitational pull of the earth on creatures, its rotation and revolution around the sun is, in the final analysis, the expression of God's love for all creatures.

 

 

Ps. 136 PRAISE THE LORD FOR HIS GOODNESS AND ENDURING LOVE

Praise the LORD, who is so good; God's love endures forever;
Praise the Lord of lords; God's love endures forever;
Who alone has done great wonders, God's love endures forever;
Who skillfully made the heavens, God's love endures forever;
Who spread the earth upon the waters, God's love endures forever;
Who made the great lights, God's love endures forever;
The sun to rule the day, God's love endures forever;
The moon and stars to rule the night, God's love endures forever; ...

Christ is the ultimate expression of God's love for us. We often think of Christ became man to save us from sin. While this is true it does not reveal the depth of God's love. Ilia Delio has well written, "God's primary purpose for becoming human is not predicated on our need for salvation, but on the divine desire to love, to be our beginning and our end, to be "God with us" in order that we might dwell in the presence of the Divine [Ingham 1999, 196]. In this way Christ is not an intrusion into an otherwise evolutionary universe; rather, the whole process of evolution points to Christ."

"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.
(Jn 3:16)

The question is not, "Does God love us" but, "Do we love God?"
The answer you give to this question by the life you live will determine your destiny.

8. God Is Glory