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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

When you see the Cross, do you see it as a summons to live rightly, in friendship with God? - Daily Reflections September 14, 2106


OF LOVE AND APPROVAL
 
On the feast of the Triumph of the Cross, the Gospel calls our attention on the unconditional love of God. This so reassuring. The Cross proclaims to us that we are loved. But the unconditional love of God does not mean unconditional approval of God. Let this sink in for a moment. It is easy to confuse the love of God with the approval of God.
       Parents know this. They love their children unconditionally. There is nothing that a child can do that will make a parent love the child any less. But no responsible parent, even as they love their children, will approve of their children when they are clearly in the wrong.
       Today, we have many well-meaning people who are convinced of the unconditional love of God but confuse this with unconditional approval. In the name of a misguided compassion, humility and tolerance, we end up condoning any and all kinds of actions and ideologies. In the name of a misguided notion of freedom and free will, we end up rejecting any and all kinds of interventions from legitimate authority saying, “Who are you to impose your morality on me?”
       If I visit my physician and he gives me a list of prohibitions to maintain my health, do I say, “How dare you impose your morality on me?” No. I accept the “imposition” for the sake of my physical well-being. Why should it be different for our spiritual well-being?
       The call of the moral life is not about justifying and making oneself worthy of God’s love and His Kingdom. Lest we forget, there is nothing we can do that can give us a rightful claim to God’s love and His kingdom. When all is said and done, it is still sheer grace. The moral life and following the commandments is not about justifying and making oneself worthy of God’s love and His Kingdom. The moral life is love’s response to Love, and making oneself less unworthy of God’s love and His Kingdom. Fr. Joel Jason
 
REFLECTION QUESTION: When you see the Cross, do you see it as a summons to live rightly, in friendship with God?
 
We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You. For by Your holy Cross, You have redeemed the world. Amen.

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