See the daily excerpt from the preparatory catechesis for the 2015 World Meeting of Families, “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.”
30. Yet God remains steadfast. Reflecting recently on Ezekiel 16, Pope Francis noted how God speaks words of love even when Israel is unfaithful.29 Israel sins. Israel forgets. Israel prostitutes herself, pursuing false gods. But God will not abandon his covenant people. Repentance and forgiveness are always possible. God’s mercy means that he seeks Israel’s good even as she flees him. “For the Lord has called you like a wife forsaken and grieved in spirit, like the wife of a man’s youth when she is cast off, says your God. For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with great compassion I will gather you … with everlasting love I will have compassion on you.” (Isa 54:6-8, NRSV) God perseveres in love for his people, even when we fall, even when we insist on trying to live without him.
In its introduction, the document says its aim is to present “Catholic teaching in a way that is fresh, insightful, and accessible to contemporary Catholics and all people of good will.” The catechesis “offers a narrative beginning with our creation, soberly noting our fall and the challenges we face, but emphasizing God’s plan for our salvation. Love is our mission, and it is by loving God and one another that we will be fully alive.”
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