We all know that God loves us, but do we really comprehend what that means? Writing in his first letter, John shares with us the unbounded love that God has for us, and calls us to respond in kind to that divine love.
Beloved, let us love one another,
because love is of God;
everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God.
Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.
In this way the love of God was revealed to us:
God sent his only Son into the world
so that we might have life through him.
In this is love:
not that we have loved God, but that he loved us
and sent his Son as expiation for our sins.
Beloved, if God so loved us,
we also must love one another.
No one has ever seen God.
Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us,
and his love is brought to perfection in us.
God gave us everything that he could give — including his Son as expiation for our sins. How does God want us to thank him for this ultimate gift? By loving one another. By forgiving each other. By being merciful to one another. By giving ourselves away to each other.
Love is the answer. When we do it, we act in gratitude for the great sacrifice of Christ!