The Conversion of Mary Magdalene by Veronese,via Wikimedia Commons
O our Savior! of ourselves we cannot love you,
cannot follow you, cannot become one with you,
but you came down that we might love you,
you ascended that we might follow you,
you bound us close to you,
that we might be held fast to you.
Since you have loved us, make us love you.
Since you found us when we were lost,
be yourself the way,
that we may find you
and be found in you
our only hope, and our everlasting joy.
Edward Pusey, 1800-1882, English churchman, leader of the Oxford Movement
This is how God showed his love among us:
He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.