- See, I am doing something new! Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? (Isaiah 43:19)
- I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians… (Exodus 7:3-8)
- I myself taught Ephraim to walk, I myself took them by the arm… I was leading them with human ties, with leading-strings of love. (Hosea 11:3-4)
- God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. (2 Corinthians 5:19)
- The Spirit comes to help us in our weakness. (Romans 8:26)
- This is how God loved the world: he gave his only Son. (John 3:16)
- The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. (Luke 19:10)
The Father has not forsaken us in this broken world. He has spoken of his love many times and in various ways through the prophets, and now, in these final times he has spoken to us by his Son made man, Jesus, the Christ (cf. Hebrews 1:1). In Him, the Father has joined our history to his own history in order to restore creation and heal our wounded humanity. In Him, who gave his life for us and whom the Father rose from the dead, he has forgiven our sins. In Him, God’s passionate love comes forth, determined to save us. With Him we learn to recognize the Spirit of God working in this world, bringing forth something new, even in the midst of suffering and difficulties.