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Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.”
So what was missing from the law or from the prophets? The essential ingredient to everything that is good, right and holy: the love.
Now the unfortunate misuse of the word “love” by the secular world has caused many people, especially religious people, to shy away from using it, especially in reference to God. How sad! How ironic!
Our love is drained of all its strength, value, purpose and meaning when God is strained from it! We, as Christians, have a moral obligation to reconstitute God back into our love. We must do this! We must be witnesses to it. “God is love”, not “Love is God.”
Yesterday, while I was on the Internet looking up an article, I came across a photograph of Mahatmas Gandhi. One thing led to another, and I began to read one of his brief writings. He apparently wrote the following statement: “God is truth. The way to truth lies in non-violence.” This statement summarized his beliefs. It is a beautiful creed. Unfortunately, it was a Christian concept that did not go well with most Hindus. So, later in his life, he apparently changed his statement slightly (but significantly) to “Truth is God.”
Now “God is Truth” is not the same as “Truth is God”, for God is a person (three persons) not a thing; (and yes, even a great thing such as a virtue). Hence, God does not subsist in the Truth. He is the Truth! In fact, He is “the way, the truth and the life.” And because of Jesus, we know that God is not only personable, but down to earth as well. In fact, He is ready and willing to share The Truth with His Love.
So, not only is God “the way, the truth and the life”, He is Love. “God is love”, not “Love is God.”
As you can easily see, even the best of us have a tendency to drain God from all that He is!
In everything we say and do, we should always say it and do it with God in mind, in heart and in body. Let us never drain or strain or separate God from Love and Truth, Love from Truth, and God from man. Let us never drain or strain or separate Jesus from God (“Oh yah, Jesus was a great philosopher!”), or Jesus from humanity (“Jesus really never suffered like I suffer!”).
Let us never drain or separate the Catholic Church from God. How often have you heard in the past few weeks that the “Catholic Church is a giant corporation with Cardinals as managers.” Give me a break! Or that the Cardinals are “politicking” for their candidate. What about the Holy Spirit? What about Christ’s promises? How ridiculous can you get! Imagine describing the entire human person using only biological terms. Well, that’s exactly what the media does when it describes the Catholic Church using only business terms. How ridiculous!
The Catholic Church is holy and divine, and very human. She is made up of Saints and sinners. If there is anything we need to drain (or separate) ourselves from, it is our sins. Our Lord, the great doctor, taught us how to do that without killing the patient.
Resolution: I will share God’s love and truth in what I say and do. I will show great mercy, forgiveness and compassion to all I meet.
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