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One Last Word on Love It is foolish to love.

刊登日期: 2013.03.24
作者: Fr. Thomas Au 區耀邦神父  

IMAGINE when you were 9 months old. (I said imagine because none of us can remember when we were 9 months old.) We are just so cute. We crawl around. Make sounds that no one knows what they are about. We look goofy. And everybody loves us. They even crawl with us, big grownups, and make silly noises with us. They have a ball playing with us…. UNTIL….. 

AHHHH! We dirty our diapers. 

They sniff and turn their noses and make faces. They then turn to our mom or dad and say, “YOUR kid did a no no.” 

Our parents come to us, and smilingly say to us, “OOOOO, you shouldn’t have done that to uncle or auntie.” 

We are picked up, and while we are being cleaned up they say very silly things and make weird noises. They sprinkle perfumed powder on us and put on a new diaper. And then we are proudly handed back to their friends to play with us again. 

Love makes our parents appear to enjoy changing our diapers. Love makes them do foolish things. 

Love is to make someone LOV-ABLE again. 

Loving someone requires us to act selflessly when the other person is not very loving or lovable. 

Only through love can we do this. 

“Father, may this cup be passed from me. Yet not as I will but as You will.” (Mt. 26:39) 

In a week, we will celebrate the biggest FOOL in all human history. Jesus died on the Cross in order to make us clean again. He looks foolish climbing that tree (of the Cross). He seems foolish thinking that we will love him in return. He loves us, not because of us, but because of Him. That is why St. Paul says that the Cross is an absurdity. (1 Cor. 1:23) It simply does not make sense. Why would God do that for us unworthy creatures? What have we done to deserve such magnanimity? 

At our Baptism, we were born again as children of God. We were made lovable by His Grace. Yet we sin. We (dare I say) poop. 

Sometimes we even run around in our dirtied diaper and act like it is nothing, like a little kid running around refusing to have the diaper changed. Our parents have to chase us around just so that we can be cleaned. If our parents love us so much that they want us to be lovable again, how much more is Jesus trying to get us to allow Him to make us clean again. 

If you have not been to Confession for a while or for a long time, go this coming week. Look at Jesus on the Cross. Know that He loves you and all He wants is to take away your sins. Please let Him. He wants you to be lov-able again. 

If you have friends that have not been to Confession for a while, encourage them. They need to have their diapers changed. Sin really stinks. It is the devil that wants us to think that it does not. Even he knows that we stink. Really, even he does not want us. But Jesus wants us. 

One other thing, go to Confession with your family. Afterwards, try to see them as having been made lovable by Jesus. Forgive them as they have been forgiven. If they were babies, you would not have minded changing their diapers. How much more lovable they are when Jesus has cleansed them from their sins. He wants us to love each other as He loves us. 

Have a blessed and holy Easter. 

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