In the first part of this series, we took a look at what it means to be loved by our Heavenly Father. In this second post, we’re going to take a deeper look at what it means to be loved by the Son. Of the three persons in the Holy Trinity, the love of the Jesus may be the most apparent: for God so loved the world, He sent His only Son that whoever believes in Him might not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). Our eternal life was given to us at a high cost – Jesus died for us. Our Lord pointed out that this is the supreme act of love – to lay down one’s life for his or her friends (John 15:13).
When you consider that Jesus not only died for his friends, but for the sake of every human who has ever lived (including you and I), we discover an act of love beyond our greatest imagining. When in 1941, St. Maximilian Kolbe offered his life in the place of Franciszek Gajowniczek in Auschwitz, it was a moment Franciszek would never forget (and he testified as much during the process leading up to Fr. Kolbe’s canonization.)
But unlike Franciszek’s experience, we didn’t see Jesus die. This sacrifice happened long ago and far, far away – and it leaves us wondering what something that happened in Israel nearly 2,000 years ago has to do with us today. Fortunately, it’s simple. Jesus’ dying on the Cross and rising again represents two monumental tenets of our faith: hope and hope.
(Yes, I know I just wrote the same thing twice.) [Read more…]