Does God love each person equally?-- all 6.5 billion of us, plus the billions who have existed in the generations prior?
I’m starting to have my doubts.
For example, God chose Mary to bear His Son, thus, as the text says, she was “highly favored.” This is tantamount to God saying, “I love all my children, but I love so-and-so the best!”
Perhaps Mary is a bad example due to her unique position, but she is still human like all of us. If God can favor Mary more than any other woman to be His mother, then it seems fairly logical to assert that God can love whomever He wishes more than the next person. If God doesn’t love us equally, then what measure should we love Him in return? We can only love with the measure we’re given!
What about our Holy Father? Does God love you just as much as He does the Holy Father, who is also favored by the Spirit?
I believe there is a hierarchy of God’s love much as there is a hierarchy for everything else in the Church – a hierarchy of the Magisterium, a hierarchy of heaven (thank you, Pseudo-Dionysius), a hierarchy of spiritual ascents, etc.