To delight in us, to find joy in us, to see his dream fulfilled in us: this is what God so ardently pursues! In the Incarnation and the Cross, the Word sought us out so that he could delight in us.

How many of us have ever considered that giving joy to God is perhaps the essential aspect of the human and Christian vocation? And yet, without that, what would it mean to say that God loves us and that we love him in return? What is love without mutual joy and enjoyment between persons, at both the human and the divine levels?

Erasmo Leiva-Merikakis, Fire of Mercy, Heart of the Word: Meditations on the Gospel according to Saint Matthew, Chapters 1–25, vol. 3 (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1996–2012), page 37.


My notes:  Part of our prayer should be telling God we love Him, and listening for Him to tell us that he loved us first. This mutual love should be a source of joy, for both God and us.