Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me. John 13:21
Love is free. Love can never be forced. A God who loves is One who risks that the love offered may not be received. The enormous anguish in the Garden of Gethsemane is the anguish of Jesus, who yearns for the love of his friends, but they don’t realize it. He longs to give them love but they haven’t opened themselves to receive it. This is the enormous anguish of God who is only love, and who offers unconditional love, but who leaves people free to accept or reject that love. The immense joy of the father is when the prodigal son chooses again the love that was always there, and comes home.
Open my heart to your unfailing gift of love. Open my heart to offer love to those around me.