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Nourishing Love | by Lawrence OP
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Nourishing Love

"It takes faith to taste and see that the Lord is good. But like ordinary food, we have to try it for ourselves, we have to experience and taste God’s nourishing love by coming into contact with Jesus. This means chewing over the Scriptures, the Word of God, as well as encountering Christ active in the sacraments, and above all in the Eucharist. And because faith is a gift from the Father, for “no one can come to [Jesus] unless the Father draws him”, so we need to ask for that gift – we need to pray. So, it is through prayer, attention to the Scriptures, and to the action of the Liturgy, that we begin to taste the Lord’s goodness, and sometimes, these are acquired tastes. If we’re patient and open enough to return to them, to try them again, we grow to love them. So, as we mature and when the time is right, we develop an appetite for God, a taste for the Living Bread."

 

The rest of my sermon for today can be found here.

 

This enamel detail of the Pelican in piety is from the Dominican convent at Stone. It is a medieval symbol of Christ feeding us, his beloved ones with his blood.

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Taken on September 28, 2008