Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.
By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Saviour of the world. God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and they abide in God.
So we have known and believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.
1 John 4.13-16
When we offer our love towards people we encounter, it's an expression of the same love God shows toward us. We are able to share our love with our siblings and the world through the deep and infinite love God has for us, made manifest in sacrament and community. We rejoice with those who rejoice. We mourn alongside those who mourn.
Love is a verb, friends. We need not look too far to notice who is in need of a random act of love and compassion. Look not just to those in our own circles, but also, and especially, to those on the margins. As we journey through Lent this year, let us do so with the surety of God’s unending love for us. Let us listen, pray, ponder, empty and examine ourselves. Let us grow into vessels of holy love.
God of infinite love, help us to show our love, not only to those that are lovable, but also to those who are hard to love. We thank you, God, that no matter where our hearts are you are always reaching out to love us, showing us how to love each other. Help us to abide in your loving arms, and grant us the hearts and minds to be rooted in your love throughout our Lenten journey. We pray all this in Jesus name. Amen.