The Anchoress has a post pointing to several articles that remind us that the heart of our faith is a relationship. Here’s just one quote to give you the flavour – please read the rest.
God says, in essence: “For your sake, I will become broken, too, but in a way meant to render you more Whole, and Holy, so that our love may be mutual, complete, constantly renewed, and alive. I love you so much that I will Incarnate, and surrender myself to you. I will enter into you (stubborn, faulty, incomplete you, adored you, the you that can never fully know me or love me back) and I will give you my whole body. I will give you all of myself, unto my very blood, and then it will finally be consummated between us, and you will understand that I have been not just your God, but your lover, your espoused, your bridegroom. Come to me, and let me love you. Be my bride; accept your bridegroom and let the scent and sense of our love course over and through the whole world through the church I beget to you. I am your God; you are my people. I am your bridegroom; you are my bride. This is the great love story, the great intercourse, the great espousal, and you cannot imagine where I mean to take you, if you will only be faithful . . . as I am always faithful.“
The best of us are not those who say ‘no’: no to promiscuity, no to abortion, no to laissez-faire capitalism, no to all the ills that ail our society. The best of us are those who say ‘yes’: yes to deep marital commitment and loyalty, yes to helping those in need, yes to working together for the good of all, yes – in fact – to our divine Bridegroom, the Love whose love makes all things new.