Just imagine. From all eternity, God knew you. From all eternity, God wanted to create you. And from all eternity, God loved you. You. Specifically you. You were not simply an act of chance, or of luck, but very much an intended creation by God. God loved you, created you, with all of your best qualities implanted in you, his will known for you. You are so unbelievably special, unique, and loved. And in the face of this overwhelming love of God, how is it, then, that you could want anything other than to do his will?
Homily given at Ascension Parish, Chesterfield, Missouri, on February 24, 2019.