This week you would have heard of the appalling murder of 84-year-old Father Jacques Hamel in Normandy in France. In 1871 there was an uprising known as the Paris Commune. France was ruled by a radical and revolutionary government. There was separation of church and state and a number of bishops were executed. One bishop knew of the love of God in his own experience. In the little cell where he was confined awaiting execution was a small window in the shape of a cross. After his death there was found written above the cross "height", below it "depth" and at the end of each arm "length" and "breadth". He had learned that God's love was unfailing in adversity and death.
We cannot understand the minds of those who are involved in the atrocities that are all too common. Paul sums Gods love in Ephesians 3 verse 14 -21:
For this reason, I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord's holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.