Christ is the Ultimate Example of Love

When I sit back and think about how I’ve acted or treated people in certain situations, I often ask myself WWCD (what would Christ do?) or more accurately WWCHD (what would Christ have done?).  Most of the time the answer is “not what you did Tom!”.  The reason is simple; I don’t know how to approach everyone and everything with love and with patience.  After all, I am only human and patience is not my virtue.  There is one person, who just happens to be God – Christ Jesus – who never once was unloving, impatient or judgemental with anyone he came in contact with.  Not once.  Imagine that.  Even the Pharisees, who were hellbent on convicting him of blasphemy so they could have him put to death, were not subject to His scorn or intolerance.  And they were Jews, His chosen people and His children!  You’d think He would have been so hurt, so disappointed and so angry that he would have lashed out, lost his cool, hated them.  Never.

Often, when I sit at Mass and stare at the Crucifix, I am overwhelmed with emotion.  Here is this man, my Lord and my God, who not only subjected Himself to being human, but willfully endured the most painful and humiliating execution known at the time; death on a cross.  And He did this out of love for me, because He wanted to spend eternity in Heaven with me!  He didn’t even know me?  But then I remember; “Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered.”  Luke 12 7.  After the Jews had succeeded in convicting Him (falsely) and convinced the Romans to crucify Him, he was nailed to a tree.  As He hung there in excruciating pain, tired, thirsty, separated from His Father, all alone, the first words He uttered were these; “Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do.”  Until the bitter end, he would not hate, he would not hold a grudge, His fidelity to us remained.  WWCHD?????  He would have Loved!

“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”  Jesus Christ.

We are Born from Love and Must Live to Love

“He who has seen Me has seen the Father” John 14:9.  This references to God the Father from his Son, the human Jesus Christ, tells us everything about the Father.  First, that God the Father is not a big, muscle-bound, white-bearded man sitting on a marble throne ready to crush us when we sin.  But second, and most importantly, is that God the Father is “revealed” in and by the Son.  By saying revealed by the Son means that Christ and the Father are in total union with each other (the mystery of the Trinity along with the Holy Spirit).  So Christ’s message, the way He treated people, the way He acted, His lack of anger, His humility, His patience, His mercy, and ultimately His love, demonstrates what the Father is like.

God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.1 John 4 8

God is love.  It’s is never referenced in Scripture or Sacred Tradition that God the Father is a “person in the flesh”.  Only religious paintings depict that.  I believe that God the Father is the Being perfect in power, wisdom, and goodness who is worshipped as creator and ruler of the universe.  As hard as it is to fathom, God is just love, a Being of perfect love; nothing more, nothing less – Love.  When it is written, “let us make man in our image”, it can’t mean human likeness, because only Christ (God) was human which happened through His biological conception via the Holy Spirit.  I believe “our image” means a physical being with the capacity to love, love deeply, love fully.  Unfortunately, that damn apple took that away.  Although our capacity to love remains, it is in no way the same as before we were cast out of paradise.  Why?  Sin.

God the Father is an entity of some sort, not the personification of love, but the essence of love.  Here are some synonyms of essence for clarification purposes; heart, spirit, alpha and omega, center, core, embodiment, epitome, incarnation, manifestation.  Since God ordains our life and creates our soul and God is love, then we are born from love, then we must live to love.  To love completely, to love openly, to love deeply, to love patiently, to love without the fear that it may be unrequited.  This is what it means to love, just as Christ loves us, just as the Father loves us.  And given God will endure forever, so will love.

“A friend loves at all times.” Proverbs 17 17

“Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves………has fulfilled the law.” Paul to the Romans.

“Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4 8

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is [a]born of God and knows God. 8 The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” 1 John 4 16

“Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.” Colassions 3 14

 

 

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