“Do you love Me?”

This is not about ordinary love. I’m talking about the greatest love of all here, and let me remind you that when you feel like no one loves you, there’s one who actually does.

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There are certain people whom we love in this world – our parents, relatives, loyal friends, and some people who hold a special place in our hearts. Thank heavens, they love us back. Yet, there are times when we feel like something’s missing. Like even if we have everything, there’s still this thing that’s lacking. Now, because of the allurements the world uses against us, we tend to forget about the most significant things – those beyond what we witness in this world. We worry about things too much. But in Matthew 6:25-27, 31, 33, it says:

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ … But strive first for the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well..”

Our world has changed so much, and we too, have changed. We are so focused and busy with our lives that we consequently tend to forget about Him. When we are asked, “Do you love Him?” we usually answer yes. The sad thing here is that, we don’t even mean it.

We say we love Him, yet we can’t even prove such “love”. Instead, we live in this world and strive hard with material things, sex, money, career, and fame preoccupying our minds, not allowing the more significant ones to enter.

We could stay up very late at night (and even til the day breaks out in the morning) just to read academic books and novel from our favorite authors but we could not even stand through a chapter of the bible.

We go to malls, shop, arrange a movie date with friends but we find going to church a tiresome thing to do. When we actually go, it’s either because we feel obligated or there’s a girl we need to impress or when there’s a friend who’s inviting, and often times, even while the priest is proclaiming the word of God, our minds are wandering miles away, thinking about some other things. Do we even care how He’d feel about that?

We could do karaoke or watch movies that last for a couple of hours, but we could not even spend time to pray the rosary which would only consume 15-20 minutes of our time.

We have awesome furniture and the latest technologies that embellish our homes, but do we have altars that stand out among all those things?

We wake up every morning without even thanking Him for another day He’s given us; do we even recognize that waking up every day is a blessing?

On our way to school or work, when we pass by a church, we don’t even bow our heads a bit to recognize Him and His holy temple (as if it’s just standing there on its place like an ordinary kiosk).

We plant anger in our hearts and it always takes a long time for us to have it uprooted.

We get mad at our parents, we hate certain people but whom He loves.

We stain our minds with those lustful thoughts and even perform them to savor pleasure. Sex is actually a sacred thing; it’s supposed to be done after marriage. However, we do that like it’s one of the simplest things to do in this world. Aren’t we ashamed? Even if we do it with a partner in a private place, He still knows that we’re doing it, and that we’re doing it wrongly.

We don’t just stain our minds, but we do so with our tongues as well. We speak ill of our fellow, and when we reach the peak of our temper, we sometimes curse.

The worst thing is, we stain our hands. We kill (even if we’re not authorized to, because it’s only Him who could take away one’s life), for revenge, pride and even for money.

Is this how we love Him back after all His sacrifices for us?

We are even worse than Peter; we have denied Him for countless times.

We sin so much.

We have strayed so far.

But despite everything we’ve done to Him, He still loves us unconditionally.

He loves us more than our parents or boyfriends or girlfriends could.

Because His love?

It’s the greatest of all.

Could we just go back to Him and let Him feel the same love that He feels for us?

 

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