by Rev. Fr. V.V. Paulose, Toronto, Canada
"..God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were sinners.Ē (Romans 5:8)
While we were still sinners Ė these are amazing words. Christ came to the world and died for us not because we were good but because he loved us. Before we turned to him, he loved us. His love never counts appearance. You may be good or bad; that is immaterial for his love. He is the God who gives, rains and sun shines to both the good and the bad.
All of us want change. That is godly. That change take place only by love in thoughts, words and actions. The world we face, counts according to appearance. Color counts, race counts, beauty counts, wealth counts, talent counts, to get the love. To get the love we do cosmetic changes. But the end result is square one - No change. Here comes the meditation and contemplation of encompassing love of God . That will change us and change the hard core bad elements in us. Donít forget today the love of God who never counts wrongs.
Biju was an alcoholic for years. And every one kept telling him to change. And Biju wanted to change his bad habits, but couldnít, no matter how he tried. Even his thickest friends and parents urging him to change but he was powerless. One day he met a priest who was attending the same class in the university he was studying and they got acquainted. Simply the priest loved him while Biju continued his drinking habits. The silent words of the priest, ďBiju, DONíT CHANGE. DONíT CHANGE. I LOVE YOU." At last Biju changed to become the best student in the college and was admitted to the Indian Administrative Service. Now he do his best to the family, friends and the society at large.
Lord, we meditate and contemplate your great love on cross when we are sinners. Your love make us to change our habits and to live in you. Let us taste your love. All we ask in the name of Jesus.
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