The Hebrew word “hesed,” translated as "steadfast love," is a very important term in Hebrew Scripture. It attempts to speak of the faithful, merciful, and consistent love that God offers to all creation. This covenantal love is inexhaustible! In the midst of unspeakable tragedy, heartache, and loss experienced in the world today, may we find consolation in a passage from the Book of Lamentations:
The steadfast love of God never ceases
God’s mercies never come to an end;
They are new every morning;
great is God’s faithfulness.
“God is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in God.”
This ancient writer, suffering his deepest despair and hopelessness, turns to his faith and remembers God’s steadfast love. Such hope is born out of pain, but is found through our God of promise. We too are called to rejoice in God's enduring love offered to us through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
Let us celebrate this Easter Season with renewed confidence that love will triumph over all! Christ is with us: yesterday, today and tomorrow! To this we shout: “Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.”
Sister Rebecca Ann Gemma, OP