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God the Infinite Love

Meditation 28 (OOCC XIII, pp. 141-146)

 

The Infinite Love and Mercy of Jesus Christ in the Desert

Introduction:

“My Jesus, who could ever have imagined that a God, eternal, infinite, immense, incomprehensible, blessed in Himself, wisdom in essence as You are, would deign to do all this, foreseeing that You would be unacknowledged and vilified. Oh my God, I do not understand this, I feel within me Your infinite love and mercy, but I do not understand it, therefore I forget about it” (OOCC XIII, pp. 143-144).

Reflection:


Saint Vincent Pallotti helps us to reflect on the total renunciation of Our Lord Jesus Christ. He wanted to withdraw, before beginning his public ministry, in order to teach us that we in our humanity can overcome every temptation by living his Word. That is what Jesus did; with the Word he overcame the devil: “But he replied: Human beings do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Mt 4:4). It is a proof of God’s infinite love for us: Jesus in the desert, even when he had neither water nor food, even in temptation, didn’t avail of his divine nature, but rather through a kenosis, a self-emptying, suffered and so made possible victory as a human being: “though he was in the form of God, [Jesus]did not count equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness, ... being found in human form (Ph 2:6-7).

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