“…God is love”—likely one of the most quoted phrases from the Bible—packs a profound truth. The Catechism of the Catholic Church, in paragraph 733, explains: “‘God is Love’ and love is his first gift, containing all others.”God loves you. God loves me. If we miss out on knowing this, we will miss much more besides. God’s love for us is personal—the first gift he wishes us to accept from him.
Christmas offers us a season to reflect on this singular gift that sparks the abundance of all God’s gifts. God’s unfathomable love gives us Jesus, the Child of Bethlehem, born to save us. Love also sends the Spirit—and the Church—through which we have the Bible and sacraments and all the graces that flow to us through them. All are given by God so we might know this simple truth: God loves us.
Living Faith provides brief daily Catholic devotions based on one of the Mass readings of the day. Published new each quarter, these reflections are written by women and men from a variety of backgrounds - lay people as well as clergy and religious. Learn more.
Receive a free reflection for Sundays every week via email