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God the Infinite Love

Meditation 29 (OOCC XIII, pp. 157-160)

“The Infinite Love and Mercy of Our Lord Jesus Christ in everything He did for us during the years of his Preaching”.

In this 29th meditation, Vincent Pallotti  describes his contemplation of the infinite Love and Mercy of Jesus, manifested in all that he did for us during the years of his preaching.

Through our Baptism, we receive the gift of faith, we commit ourselves to follow and imitate Jesus Christ in our being and in our doing. This discipleship requires a process of formation, of knowing and experiencing the Word of God in order to be living witnesses of his merciful love.

The incarnation of the Word has re-established communion with the Father, shattered by sin, revealing that God loves us with infinite love. The more this knowledge is penetrated in meditation and contemplation of the Word, the more a person succeeds in understanding their own dignity, having been made gratuitously in the image and likeness of God.  This enchants the heart and inspires absolute confidence in a God who is capable of loving in such a way.

The goal of the preaching of Jesus was to reveal to the world that the Father, from eternity, desires the happiness of every human being, which is attained by believing in his only Son, recognising his infinite Love and Mercy. In Luke 4:16ff. we find the description of the mission of Jesus: “to liberate people from chains which prevent them from realising and make concrete the Kingdom of God. Free from physical evils and enlightened by faith, human beings are able not only to understand the signs of the Kingdom of God, but also to feel themselves motivated and challenged to collaborate in order to bring it about concretely. This revelation of Jesus was a cause of discord and disagreement among the doctors of the law. The Kingdom was understood in a political and juridical manner, but Jesus understood it differently.

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"Our relationships with one another should be marked by a love that bears all, believes all and hopes for all, a love that is neither conceited nor jealous, which hurts no one, nor is embittered or resentful. It is never discouraged but remains patient and kind. It rejoices with others and shares their suffering. It is with this kind of love that we should help and support one another." (OWL, 90)