Where did you first encounter true love? Ideally it would have been in your family of origin. Held in the loving arms of your mother, father, grandparents, siblings, aunts and uncles. Embraced by your community.
You probably don’t remember the embrace of love that proceeded that. The embrace in which God held you in your mother’s womb. That should have been the experience of greatest embrace. All the rest of our lives we are in the pursuit of that same encounter of True Love.
Our move toward God is a continual reaching in response to God’s offer of all embracing love – True Love. Jesus Christ comes to us as the fullness of this embrace in human form. Jesus not only draws us in Love, but also sends us in Love until all encounter God’s Love in that full embrace.
Where people remain outside this embrace, our work remains incomplete. Where we hold people away, or withhold love, our repentance remains incomplete. Where we are limited and stunted in our own experience of God’s embrace, our salvation remains incomplete.
In all of this, Jesus comes with light and hope to share the Love of God.