Love is of God (A re-post from ’05)

“In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another” (I Jn. 4:10-11).
Here is a quote that I would like to share, from Hans Urs von Balthasar’s book Love Alone is Credible:

The principle (of love)… cannot be reduced to man as a governing center. God remains the center, and man is drawn beyond himself toward the absolute as it manifests itself. He “possesses” love only insofar as love possesses him, which means that he never possesses love in such a way that he could describe it as one of his powers, which lies at his own disposal. To be sure, this does not mean that love remains external to him, but if it does not, it is only because love itself takes possession of him in his innmost heart–interius intimo meo.

One of the implications of this is that we must always look to Jesus Christ to see what love is, and open our hearts to be loved by him. He is here with us, in the world, and in the world he is absolutely unique–for he came down from heaven.


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