It is fiery. It is fervent. It is furious. It is perhaps, even foolish. -- Hurt, broken, sad, patched-together, beaten-up, disheveled, bedraggled, contaminated, defiled, suffering, dying. God loves each and every one of His children, not in spite of these things, but precisely because of them. Just as the most noble king protects his subjects, Christ, time and time again throughout Scripture, sought out the most foul, wretched and heinous transgressors. The angry, the greedy, the sexually deviant, the physically grotesque, the arrogant, the prideful, the murderers and whores. No sin too great, no soul too stained.
Christ's love for each one of us is as furious as the ebb and tide of the ocean. Such a love, a love divine, is not dependent upon anything that we do in our lives, it is constant and the only true north. God's love perhaps can hardly be described, and mere words oftentimes convolute the awesomeness of such grace. For this reason, in Song of Songs the intimate and erotic love between a husband and wife are offered as a way of communicating God's love for humanity. 'Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth,' writes Solomon on behalf of the bride. Here, Solomon is not offering a mere explanation, but an experience. So intimate, so sensual, so true. There are no strings attached in this love and it is granted freely to each of us. Christ said that for us to enter the Kingdom we must be like little children. The world at that time did not have such a romantic understanding of childhood, as we do today. Children were simply more mouths to feed and oftentimes a burden on the family, contributing less than they required. Nonetheless, Christ chooses them as the vessels of His grace because the child is humble, obedient and simple, all the while willing to freely love and accept love. So too, Christ requires nothing, but our humility. Christ demands nothing, but our repentance, and yet blesses us with His infinite grace and love. Christ tells His disciples to be like children, accepting of this divine love and grace as it showers all, saint and sinner alike.
Yet, we still have trouble believing that such a love can exist and that God's divine love for us can permeate our sinful wall of guilt. We, the harbingers of hatred, the perpetrators of perversion, the vessels of vice, the decanters of drunkenness, we are so consumed in this cesspool of spiritual decay that we fail to realize that it was Christ on the Cross who said to the Thief, 'Surely, I say to you, that today you will be with Me in Paradise.'
God will not abandon His creation. Countless times in Scripture it was the marginalized, hurt and damaged whom He sought and embraced. 'A sacrifice to God is a broken spirit, a broken and humbled heart God will not despise.' God's love for each one of us is far greater than any of our sins and nothing we do can compromise such love. It is a love unconditional, it is a love perfected, it is a love divine. If you are hurt, in Christ find comfort. If you are troubled, in Christ find peace. If you are unsteady, in Christ find strength. If you hate, in Christ find love.
'Be still and know that I am God.' During these troubling times be still, and experience the grace and love of God so that we will truly, from the essence of our very being, understand the words of the bride to her groom in Song of Songs. 'Rise and come now my love, my companion, my fair one and dove. For behold, the winter is gone; it has departed. The flowers are seen in the land; the time of pruning has arrived; the voice of the dove is heard in our land. The fig tree has put forth its young figs, and the vines are in bloom and give forth their fragrance. Arise and come.
God's fiery, fervent, furious love for His creation might seem somewhat foolish to those who don't understand, but to those who are as innocent as babes, it is the most precious gift which is bestowed freely upon each of us. 'Come now, my love, come now, my dove.' When we truly accept God's love, we too shall become instruments of this love by His grace. We will no longer be slaves to the Evil One. God is with us and His love is sufficient. God loves you! And He loves the new mother guilt-ridden over the abortion she had years ago, He loves the priest who somewhere along the way lost his step and fell, He loves the alcoholic who neglected his family, he loves the gambler who spent his inheritance, He loves the pimp, the prostitute, the murderer, the gossiper, the soldier and the loser.
Christ is in our midst; He was, He is and He always shall be! Christ's love is for each one of us, let us joyfully cry together, 'Come now, my love, my dove, come...Show me your face, and cause me to hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is beautiful,'