Today we continue reading Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal thoughts on “Vocation.” Here we have more Jesuit-talk, that is, love:
252. “The life that Jesus gives us is a love story, a life history that wants to blend with ours and sink roots in the soil of our own lives. That life is not salvation up ‘in the cloud’ and waiting to be downloaded, a new ‘app’ to be discovered, or a technique of mental self-improvement. Still less is that life a ‘tutorial’ for finding out the latest news. The salvation that God offers us is an invitation to be part of a love story interwoven with our personal stories; it is alive and wants to be born in our midst so that we can bear fruit just as we are, wherever we are and with everyone all around us. The Lord comes there to sow and to be sown”.[Address at the Vigil, XXXIV World Youth Day in Panama (26 January 2019): L’Osservatore Romano, 28-29 January 2019, 6]
It’s a curious twist on the recent vector of mansplaining, to focus on the reality of God’s love and suggest other approaches are fickle and empty. Our connection with God, whether tenuous or deep or in between is governed by God’s choice to love us, and our choice to respond in turn, however we are inspired to do.
If you want to refer to the full Apostolic Exhortation check this link at the Vatican site. Any thoughts on love?
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