Aparecida 242: The Witness of Divine Love in the Scriptures

This is a brief section that reinforces the message of God’s love through selected Bible passages:

242. In the story of Trinitarian love, Jesus of Nazareth, man like us and God with us, died and risen, is given to us as Way, Truth, and Life. In the encounter of faith with the astonishing realism of his Incarnation we have been able to hear, see with our eyes, contemplate, and touch with our hands the Word of life (cf. 1 Jn 1:1), and we experience

God himself who goes in search of the “stray sheep,” a suffering and lost humanity. When Jesus speaks in his parables of the shepherd who goes after the lost sheep, of the woman who looks for the lost coin, of the father who goes to meet and embrace his prodigal son, these are no mere words: they constitute an explanation of his very being and activity.

This definitive proof of love has the character of a radical humiliation (kenosis), because Christ “humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross” (Phil 2:8).

No mere words: this is why art and music must often be used to delve deeply into the meaning of these texts, both lyrical (the prelude of John’s first letter and the kenosis canticle cited for the Philippians) and the parables of the Lord. On those latter passages, think of how often these have been depicted in illustrations, film, drama. Certainly they lend themselves well to our mental imagination as well. Rather than being just words on a page, we are welcomed deep into the love of God on a whole new level–in the realm of imagination and creativity.

For deeper examination, an English translation of the 2007 document from the Aparecida Conference.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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