January 6, 2022

Beloved, we love God because he first loved us. (1 John 4:19)

After reading these words, I almost want to leave the rest of the page blank and allow ourselves the time and space to let them sink in profoundly… he first loved us… he first loved you…he first loved me… Do we believe this? Do I believe this?

If I am honest, parts of me feel alienated from God. There are parts of me that are poor, captive, blind, oppressed… parts of me that are scared of letting love in. Through years of hurts and disappointments, I have become divided within myself; pieces of my heart broken are now guarded, hiding in the dark deep within.

But there are also parts of me that believe I’m loved, parts of me that feel so close to God that I can’t even see Him; I just feel his presence. These are the places that have been anointed and healed, where wounds transformed by mercy give witness to the truth… he first loved me.

“In God, benevolent love is personal. God loves a person, loves you as if you were his only daughter, because his love is one and infinite.” (Saint Peter Julian Eymard)

This is our Epiphany, our revelation. Every morning in the Liturgy of the Hours, the Church sings the Canticle of Zechariah… “Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel; he has come to his people and set them free.” Let us then give ourselves the time and space to listen to his Word… to let the truth sink into the deepest parts of ourselves that really need to hear… I can trust him because he first loved me.

Let us pray:

“And you, child, will be called prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give his people knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God by which the daybreak from on high will visit us to shine on those who sit in darkness and death’s shadow, to guide our feet into the path of peace.” (Luke 1:76-79)


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About Ivonne Hernandez

Ivonne is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament at St Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Holiday, Florida.