FOR THE LOVE OF CHRIST!
“Be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love,
as Christ loved us and handed himself over for us”
have pierced my hands and my feet;
They have numbered all my bones”
... for the love of Christ ... “As Christ loved us ...”
Paul exhorts us as Jesus Christ Himself exhorted us:
“I give you a
new commandment: love one another. As I have
loved you, so you also should love one another.”
(Saint John 13.34)
Notice that Jesus, and his faithful
preacher, Saint Paul, do not simply say:
“Love one another.”
No. This was no new commandment. All knew it very well from the
Law. This was the old commandment.
He gives us a new one; one that the Law could never have anticipated,
inscribed; one that did not exist – could not have existed
– before Him.
He adds, “as I have loved you.”
He has set the example (“exemplum enim
– “I have given you an example”,
as He had upon washing the feet of his Apostles)
And how has Christ loved us?
Saint Paul answers this, too: By handing Himself over for us. By
giving Himself up for us. By a total giving unto the giving
of Life itself.
But ... Really
... how Much?
We all want to ask
the question ... admit it. It is very reminiscent of Saint Peter’s
question to Christ: “Lord, how many times should we forgive our
neighbor? Seven times?", to which Jesus answered,
“No, I tell you, but 70 times 7 times.”
(Saint Matthew 18:21)
And this is our question:
to what extent should we love our neighbor? Where do we draw the
line? Beyond what point is it acceptable not to love?”
We are such incessant quantifiers before what are ultimately absolute
Do you really want to count? Do you really want to put a limit,
a number on love?
us make it 5:
One for His right hand
one for His left hand
one for His right foot
one for his left foot
and one for his side.
Do you want to hammer those numbers in?
We thought they already had been.
How much plainer can Christ, can Saint Paul, be?
Love others as He has loved you!
Do you wish to refresh your memory?
Blow the dust off your Crucifix and take a good long look at it.
Count the wounds, if you can.
Children ... He loves you SO!
Let us, likewise, love others ... just so!
He has no less than commanded us.
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opera tua ... quia modicum habes virtutem, et servasti
verbum Meum, nec non negasti Nomen Meum”
know your works ... that you have but little power,
and yet you have kept My word, and have not denied My
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