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God's Mercy is Forever

In modern parlance, the word “forever” has been continuously used in reference to people who are in love (“Mayroong forever” or “I believe in forever”). Likewise, such word is oftentimes abused when people fall out of love (“Walang forever!” or “I don’t believe in forever!”). Sometimes, young people ask, “Naniniwala ka pa ba sa forever?” (Do you still believe in forever?). “Forever” transcends romantic love. It refers rst and foremost to God who is unending Love. Since God has rst loved us though we are sinners (cf. 1 Jn 4:10), love is now no longer a mere “command”; it is the response to the gift of love with which God draws near to us (Deus Caritas est, 1). Hence, God initiated “forever” for our sake so to speak and we respond to it. 
Our response in our earthly sojourn is to experience “forever” by sharing the love and mercy that we receive from God to others for “whoever does not love, does not know God, because God is love” (1 Jn 4:8). Let us make our own the psalmist's excl…

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