Sorry for the delay in posting, folks. My mother had brain surgery and we were dealing with things on the home front. She is home and now recovering, so I thank you for your prayers and ask a continued remembrance in them for her.
Today's Gospel (John 6:13-21) begins with the famous line "God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life." I often wonder what it must have been like for the Father to watch Jesus during His earthly life. It is one thing to see others as they deal with the ups and downs of life, but when it is your own son you see the real depth of love.
We all know that it is usually more difficult to watch someone we love suffer that to suffer ourselves. And, since this was the first (and only) time that God "took on flesh", it was a unique experience. If you are like me, you probably have thought about the great love that Jesus had, suffering and dying for us. But I really have not reflected enough on the tremendous love of the Father who gave His Son and did not interfere with the terrible things that happened to Him. It speaks so powerfully of the love of God for each one of us. Imagine - He allowed His (only-begotten) Son to die for His other sons and daughters, so that we might be able to walk in the light! Let's try today to continue to walk in that Light, in gratitude for the tremendous love that God has shown us.