God is the Bridegroom

God is the Bridegroom

You shall be a glorious crown in the hand of the Lord, a royal diadem held by your God. You shall be called “My Delight,” and your land “Espoused.” As a young man marries a virgin, your Creator shall marry you; As a bridegroom rejoices in his bride so shall your God rejoice in you. (Isaiah 62, 3-5) I’ve read these words from the book of Isaiah so many times without really understanding their meaning. I always thought that this passage was a type of allegory or a beautiful and poetic image used to describe God’s love for his people Israel. It is true that the Bible contains many passages where the image that best expresses God’s love for man is a spousal image; but we have the temptation to consider this image—that is, the love between a man and woman—as...

God, A Father Who Consoles

God, A Father Who Consoles

In the Bible, there’s a God who encourages I discovered that my six year old niece who was always afraid of sleeping alone, has for some weeks now been sleeping in her own room. I asked her if she was afraid to sleep there, and she answered me: “No way! Daddy’s home!!!” This is also how our God wants to be with us: · Isaiah 35:4 Be strong, fear not! Here is your God to save you! · 2 Samuel 7:14 I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me. · Psalm 103:13 As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on the faithful. Perhaps our idea of God is tied to a few of the rougher expressions of the Old Testament. In reality there are a ton of words of encouragement that He speaks to us in the Scriptures: · Psalm 50:15 Then call on me in...

God's Great Friends

God's Great Friends

The Mystery of the Servant Is 42: 1-9; 49: 1-7; 50: 4-11; 52: 13 – 53: 1-12 I have to admit that the figure of the Suffering Servant didn’t attract me very much until recently. I don’t know why, but I had the unpleasant sensation that he was a sad figure. Perhaps because we read about him during Holy Week in an atmosphere in which the contemplation of God’s great love for man is mixed with the bitterness of the way in which man refused the good news and put Jesus to death. Humanly speaking, the mission of God’s Son appears a complete failure just like that of the Servant: Men despise him, mistreat him, set up a trap for him and in the end kill him. It sure isn’t like Jonah whose preaching converts the Ninevites! The Servant fails miserably. Or at least it seems...

God Is Friendship

God Is Friendship

Tell me, dear reader, have you ever dreamed of a love so strong so as to become one with the person you love, and still remain two persons? Have you ever dreamed of a kiss that burns without consuming, an embrace that bonds forever and yet leaves a true freedom? Have you ever desired to be able to say truthfully “I am you!”, and still remain entirely yourself? There’s a Love that fulfills this dream. It’s the love of three Persons. And “the kiss itself is the Holy Spirit”. God’s essence is friendship, communion. It is for this reason that S. Bernard speaks of an eternal kiss that the Father gives to the Son and the Son receives from the Father, a kiss so intense to actually be the person of the Holy Spirit. It is for this everlasting kiss that we are made –...

God Is Unpredictable

God Is Unpredictable

Image of a world where everything is predictable How much simpler everything would be if the others thought like me! At times it seems that people are there to make things complicated… It would be so easy if everyone reasoned like me: no more friction, no more misunderstandings or fights, no more stress; we’d all act the same way, live the same way. What do you think? No one could say anymore: “I disagree with you!” No one could propose to me something new for my life: I would already know everything; I’d already know their ideas. No more novelty, no surprises, no stimuli… total calm. Right, because in this situation no one would have new things to learn: everything would be so completely… predictable. Imagine a world like this. He tells her,...