Friday, September 18, 2015

Jesus showed us His love for us through His helplessness.

   It is amazing and nearly unbelievable to think that the infinite, all-powerful God became helpless.
   Christmas is a great time to ponder how the all-powerful God became powerless for us as a baby.  At first, it seems ridiculous.  Then, it seems brilliant.  It is easier to accept a child than to accept a full-grown man.  Maybe the man has ulterior motives.  Is he trying to swindle me or kill me?  A baby has no possibilities for that.  They are powerless.
   Even as a man, Jesus was helpless for us while He hung dying on the cross.  Again, dying on a cross seems ridiculous.  Shouldn’t God show His Power?  No, He showed His Love.  While helplessly dying on the cross, one is free to accept or reject Jesus without any coercing.  How much can a man dying on a cross coerce us?  He is completely unthreatening.
   Jesus is also helplessly with us always in the Eucharist.  After all, He did say, “I am with you always, until the end of the age.” – [Matthew 28:20]  He desires to be present to us.  He desires to spend time with us.  He desires to be one with us, body and soul.  But, He does not force His desires upon us.  He made Himself helpless like He has done before all out of love for us.  Will we reciprocate?

Friday, September 4, 2015

How much has God given us?

   It is amazing how much God has given us.  First, we owe our very existence to God.  Then, after we sinned against the infinite God, He took it upon Himself (and His shoulders) to provide a bridge back to Him by dying on the cross.  Surely, we have been given many, many great things from God, but these are the most amazing.
   Yes, God has given each of us different gifts as well.  While all of the gifts are from God, there is one out there trying to have us turn our backs on these awesome gifts.  One of our weapons against these attacks is gratitude.
   Do we thank God for the gifts that He has given us?  When we thank God for the gifts, we are acknowledging that we did not accumulate these gifts by ourselves.  We become humble knowing these gifts were not owed to us, but given to us.  Be thankful.  God thank you for your gifts, thank you for your love.