Brothers and sisters:
What will separate us from the love of Christ?
Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine,
or nakedness, or peril, or the sword?
No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly
through him who loved us.
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life,
nor angels, nor principalities,
nor present things, nor future things,
nor powers, nor height, nor depth,
nor any other creature will be able to separate us
from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
These words are so hopeful and comforting. I know many people who need to know the great love that God has for them. Life can be very difficult and there are many times we allow life's anguish and distress separate us from Christ. I know that I do this over and over again, although I tell myself in my heart that I "should know better." These words from Paul's letter to the Romans 8:35, 37-39, bring me back into focus and I hope they will do the same for you. If I am convinced that NOTHING can separate me from the love of God which has been poured out through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. This love is free for the asking and even when I forget to ask for it. It is totally unconditional in a way that I cannot fully comprehend. May you, dear reader, be blessed today with a deepening awareness of this love. Let us pray for each other so that we may be convinced of this great love. St. Paul, pray for us and lead us to the truth you bring before us today.