“Anyone Who Wants to Come”
5th Sunday in Lent
Jesus taught that selfishness destroys us. How? Selfish people are combative because they always want things their way, so they lose relationships. Selfish people kill their own joy by complaining. Selfish people have unrealistic expectations of themselves and others, so people don’t want to be around them. Selfish people cannot take criticism, but they constantly criticize others, so because of the negative atmosphere people walk away. Selfish people make love conditional upon serving their needs and so hurt others. Selfish people lie and manipulate, so they cannot be trusted. Selfish people do not consider how others feel, and so drive friends and family members away.
When Jesus demonstrated His love to all, He did it in a very profound way that getting the true meaning of His love may mean to really get to know Him, to trust whatever He says and exactly follow what He exemplifies, in good times and in times when no one wants to accompany and be with Him, yet still he showed His selflessness.
That is how He really loves us. He left us a mark, a print that whenever we see that mark, may we be reminded of His selflessness and may it challenge us to follow His way – the way of the cross may be painful and hard but knowing that Jesus went through with it, we are assured that the end is not death, it is life to its fullest.