Sometimes we simply make Jesus out to be simply a nice guy. He is a good guy who loves us, but that is all. We cannot always remember that in addition to being fully human, which he is, he is also fully divine.
That is why what he did and what we celebrate today is in fact so tremendously unbelievable. The Divine Son of God came to earth as a human (amazing enough), and suffered and died for our sins. Beyond comprehension that we could be loved that much.
The letter of Saint Paul to the Philippians spells out just how amazing this is. Jesus did not cling to his being God. Even though he is co-equal with the Father and the Son, he emptied himself. He did not cling to his divinity, so great is his love for us.
No, he emptied himself. To be human, in comparison to his being divine, was analogous to our being a slave to someone else. Only for Jesus, to become a human was far more than our becoming someone else’s slave, even if we were to choose to do so. The gap between humanity and divinity is so great only God can traverse it.
Jesus took on our sinfulness, the sins of all of humanity, for us, so great is his love for us. Great and small, big and tiny, Jesus took on our sinfulness. How amazing! What an eternal love! Nothing can be any more significant than the love of God for you and for me!
And yet sometimes we focus on our sinfulness so much we miss the love, mercy and forgiveness of God. To be sure, we need to repent from our sinfulness. Yet, this week is about so much more than our conversion. This week we are drawn into the incomprehensible love of Jesus for each one of us, and if we open our heart, even just a little bit, we will stand amazed on Easter Sunday at the new life given to us by God’s generous love.
Let us pray.
Dear Jesus, I cannot comprehend your unconditional love for me. How can I? I allow my sins to block this love and make it less clear. Help me to turn away from sin, and to be faithful to you. Make me more aware of your grace, which you give to help me to live as you wish, for that is what is best for me. We make this prayer in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Music: Cheezy Piano Medley by Alexander Nakarada
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