The measure of love
Many people in public life are scrutinised. We may cynically wonder sometimes about their motives or actions. Are they doing something with an ulterior motive? For personal or political gain, for fame and fortune, to manipulate a situation, to make life easier for themselves? God’s act of sending the Son into the world was simply because he loves the world. The motive behind God’s action is pure love, and the ultimate work of Christ on the cross was because of love, his love for us.
Today, on Mothering Sunday, we give thanks for motherhood, and there will be many expressions of gratitude and love given in the form of gifts and greetings, and sorrow too for mothers who are no longer with us, but a sorrow borne from love. The gifts given will be a small gesture of love that cannot be measured. After all, how can you measure love? Our words so often fail us. Our gifts are simply symbolic.
There is a well known verse which often appears on prayer cards and bookmarks. “I asked the Lord how much he loves me. ‘This much’, he said. And he stretched out his arms and died.” If in doubt or down, we can simply look at the cross, and see the measure of love.
God our Father, when I am down, raise my eyes to the cross of Jesus. When in doubt, raise my heart to his heart. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.