posted on Oct 24, 2004 - 08:21 PM
And He walked among men, as a caring Lover of Man, until He saved our souls, through His holy Appearance.
Let us worship our Saviour, the Good Lover of Mankind, for He had compassion upon us, as He came and saved us.
" For every time you eat of this Bread and drink of this Cup you preach my death, confess my Resurrection and remember Me till I come".
These are the very same words that our Lord said when instituting the Eucharist, which is, for each one of us, His ongoing effort to Love. From the beginning, God has dealt with us, as the beloved of all His creations. He did not cease from trying to win our hearts, even though we showed little appreciation in return. Still, He willed to walk among men, as a caring Lover of Man. He walked among mankind...He saw first hand the result of sin and the fall of our nature. I'm sure it greatly saddened our Lord to see all the suffering, the mocking, the lying, all the murder, the stealing...He felt us, cried with us, ate with us, mourned with us, rejoiced with us...However, in all this, His entire mind was filled with the plan of restoration.
Even today, we have not learned...we sin, daily...we forget His words of promise and sometimes deliberately disobey His commandments...only to get up again and most likely, (and 'Yes', you are probably thinking of it, b/c we all have experienced it)...we sin again. It’s an ongoing cycle.
As odd as it may sound, this cycle is absolutely normal, not out of touch at all. We all go through our own struggles, some big and some small. However, there are only struggles that God grants us, never something that He knows we can't handle-it's OUR CROSS, which we must bear as He bore His, pressing forward, until death/VICTORY. "But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been made near by the Blood of Christ" (Eph. 2:13)
Imagine if He would of gave up at the sight of those soldiers, the torment, the ridicule, the scourges, and ultimately the Cross. Oh, where would we be now?
Even, St. Antony the father of Monks...i can't bear to think of him giving up, even after all the different demons he waged against, the beatings, and the temptations. The devil is the prince of lies, his primary goal is not to lead us into sin but to make us despair and lose hope. We must not fall into despair for if we do we are lost.
"But Lord, I'm tired, i feel that You are so far away..I can't help feeling that I have failed You..I feel that You don't love me anymore b/c of the things i'm doing, or b/c i'm a double sided."
Friends, this is Warfare...a battle for eternal life. " For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him" (Rom. 6:5-8)...."Reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Rom.6:11).
Even, David the Prophet, King Solomon, Samson the Judge etc... suffered from spiritual warfare. No one is exempt. It is our Cross, that all must carry without faltering. Yes, we might fall but Christ always gives us the strength to get up and continue. Even, in the sacraments...we may confess our sins and then fall again...but that's perfectly o.k. b/c that's our nature, all we can do is give it our best shot.
That's what Christ is there for, if we lean on Him with total trust, we should feel that when we confess we have dumped a huge load off our backs and should expect that this load will return, only to get washed clean again...it's an life long process.
Only the chosen few, will find peace on earth...those are the Saints.
In His limitless love, He gave us the Church for shelter. The Church, the Sacraments are the light in our dark tunnel...we go to Church NOT because we are good but because we are weak and sinful, in need of help. Take comfort in this, for it is the inevitable truth.
We are all in the same boat...but there's always HOPE with God. Let us worship our Savior, the Good Lover of Mankind, for He had compassion upon us, as He came and saved us.
"For this is God's command, that you owe nothing to anyone but the pledge of love, which God has commanded by Christ".(Rom. 13:8)
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