April 27 – Luke 18:1-23 – “Whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it” (Lk 18:17)
As a disciple of Jesus, I am called to live my life knowing that God is father, and He loves me. There is absolute simplicity in the message of Jesus that is almost difficult to accept: God loves me for who I am, as I am. Like a father loves his own child. I am well aware that not everybody has had a good experience with their earthly fathers, but this doesn’t take anything away from this image. God loves us as we want to be loved.
It is this love that propels me into life, wanting to be exactly what the Father sees in me: me being fully myself. This is possible only by remaining in the household of God, where my freedom is protected, where my blossoming is assured. But this love also requires me to respond appropriately and with accountability. Does this love make me feel superior to others, or their equal? Is this love fueling my faith, or do I take it easy and not grow in it? Responding to this love is possible only if I understand myself as God’s child, and live like that – in the full freedom of knowing that I am loved. Just as I am. And that this “I” must continue to grow by loving as the Father does.