“God so loved the world…”

The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross takes us back to Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus in John 3 (vv. 13-17).  Jesus explains to him that He has come down from heaven so that He can save those who believe in Him.  He does this for the reason stated in the headline.  Any believer must realize that God does love the world more than we can imagine.  God created everything good and man very good.  Yet the first men turned their backs on Him beginning millennia of defiance against God.  Despite this the Father sent the Son to redeem the fallen world when He just as easily could have destroyed it.  God, in Jesus, suffered and died at the hands of His creatures — the same ones He came to redeem.  This tremendous loving sacrifice has been met with more and more disdain as the centuries have gone by.  When we are tempted to think that an increasingly sinful and twisted world soon will (or should) be smitten by the Almighty, we should remember how much God loves us: to the death.  Rather than simply railing against the immorality of the world we should do something about it.  The first course of action is to rid ourselves of sin.  Let conversion of the world begin at home through more prayer, fasting, mortification, and frequent recourse to the sacraments on our parts.  Then as we progress we will be in better position to speak out and make a difference in an overt, outspoken way, but always out of love.  Jesus wants us to cooperate with him and with others to bring to society (or to remind them of) the good news of salvation.

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