Love by itself is a vague word that can mean many different things from sexual attraction to self-sacrificial mercy. The readings teach us that God wants more than a formal relationship with us. God wants a passionate, powerful risk-taking love that is passionate, intimate and forgives. Mercy, when God or we forgive, and give the other another chance, is the highest form of love. This is why God pushes us so hard in life that we often rebel, run away, get into trouble and then have to humble ourselves and depend on God's mercy. This is how our love and spiritual life grows.
1. Jesus shows us how God’s love and mercy never gives up