Late Have I Loved You

The author of Sunday’s Lauds reading, wrote: “God’s love has gone forth in search of sinners.” The picture of this Love: active, initiating, seeking, always steadily in pursuit, counters my own unreality: here I was thinking that I was really working hard this Lent. . . . But then, lest I be tempted to despair of myself, the author, identified simply as “a Syrian writer,” goes on to say, “Reflect within yourself that your sin is great, but that it is blasphemy against God and damage to yourself to despair of his forgiveness because your sin seems to you to be too great,” . . . apparently he’s got my number.

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