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February 13, 2014

Pursuing relationships

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NORMAN —

Last year, news outlets carried the story of Manti Te’o, a Notre Dame defensive linebacker, and his online relationship with a girl he had never met. MT wasn’t just his initials, it was a description of his love life. M … T … empty. Is it possible to have an “MT” (or empty) relationship with God?

If “yada” is what God intended for us to share as human beings in the context of relationships here on earth, would He want anything less from us? Our Loving Father earnestly desires to have a relationship with us rooted in the context of Yada. God wants to know us and to be known by us. Intimately, deeply and transparently — with a mingling of our soul with His.

If you recall last week’s talk, we are told to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind and all your strength … and love your neighbor as yourself.” It is only in the context of God’s love that we truly grasp the significance of how we ourselves have been loved. And our experience of Yada with God enables us to love those around us in meaningful ways.

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