God is Love

I’ve wondered for so long since I first came to my senses, how a Man’s sacrifice could be the ransom for humanity’s sins. How can one Man’s death bring eternal life? I’ve wondered why He even chose to give His life to us, when He has the power to redeem us all in a heartbeat. I not saying that I doubt my faith. But was it even necessary to endure insults and abuses, and even death on the Cross just to save our unworthy hides? If so, then why?

This is the greatest mystery of our faith. If you can remember, we sing in the Anamnesis: “Christ has died, Christ has risen, Christ will come again.” This mystery, man cannot comprehend and so we just assume and believe. Believe what? Believe that He indeed, died there for our sins. While it is unclear, the obvious answer would be because of His great Love for all. For what motivates men to die but for what they believe and love? I can remember this passage in the Bible: “Jesus said: ‘I tell you, there is no greater love than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends…'” Beautiful. An example worthy of following.

I’m not going to elaborate more on this mystery. All I have in mind are futile attempts to grasp what is already obvious. Christ’s death will have many reasons, and many assumptions from skeptics, but in the end, it all boils down to one word: Unconditional Love. Okay, maybe it was two. His Love is greater than human love. It’s patient, it’s kind, it’s gracious, it’s merciful. And how could this little man say so? The fact that we’re even breathing is a testament to His Love. His love can be likened to a mother’s mutual love for her children, an individual’s loyalty to his friend(s), a husband’s fidelity to his wife, the love of a child to her parents.

To love is to be hurt over and over and over and over again, and to forgive over and over and over and over again. In my own experience, love doesn’t actually bring happiness; it brings pain. But what’s good about this is with every hurt, every pain withstood, it grows stronger. And enduring love brings satisfaction and a sense of peace. And the Man above has gone through this many times over. He’s been betrayed by the very people he chose to lesser gods, evil vices and ignorance. He’s faced great obstacles that would dishearten even the most determined of men. No wonder why we call Him the Supreme Being. Amen?

Holy Week’s coming up. Any plans?

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