Look at the cross.

What does the cross tell you? What feeling does the cross evoke in you?

Everyone wants to be loved and most people want others to love them in return. But do we really know what love is?

We hear people talk about showing love to others. They say that all we need is love. Many people believe that they know what love is, when living by certain feelings. This is what they call love.
For me, the key of today’s Gospel is the unconditional love of God in John’s Gospel, Verse 16, the core of all of the bible, because it is the focus of all of the bible, God’s amazing statement about the love that he has for the whole of humankind:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Around the world, many people are hungry for God’s Love. Our way of loving is to spread peace and love – and by putting that love into action.

You and I, we experience the battle between darkness and light, love and hatred, life and death. I believe that God has created us to love and to be loved.

We need to understand that love has two sides: we give love to someone, but we also need to be able to receive love.

What is the meaning of God having loved the world so much that he gave us his only son?
God’s love is deep. God’s love has nothing to do with you. People may love you because you are cute, you are handsome or pretty, you are rich, you are fun or because you are family, and they have to love you.

God loves you because he wants to love you, he chose to love you, and his love is unconditional, constant. We can’t influence God’s love. Because God is love. We know that Jesus didn’t die on the cross because of any love we had for him; he went to the cross because he loves us so much.
In the bible we find a definition of love and we see in what ways it is different from our own understanding of love. God does not select the beautiful people or the rich people, or the successful people to love. He loves the world, and He loves us so much that he gave his son so that the world could be saved.

Notice: God’s love is for everyone in the world.

And God’s love is sacrificial. In his human flesh God endured the pain of the cross because he loves us. God’s love is personal. God became a person when he became one of us, when he took human nature and lived among us:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Fr. Jeronimo Flamenco
Pp Saint Peter’s Catholic Church