Imagine this: You’re at school one day and your history teacher has arranged for a war veteran to be the guest speaker for the class period. The teacher gives a brief introduction, and the man enters the room. He has lost all four limbs–the cost of a battle. He tells your class about the war itself in which he fought, about the battle which resulted in the loss of his limbs, and about the injuries themselves: the pain, the difficult recovery, the hard adjustment back to civilian life, and the repercussions of war which he will face for the rest of his life because of the stress he was under for so long.
When the class is over, you’re the last person to get your stuff together. As you walk past him, the man asks you a simple question: “How much do you love your country?” You think for a second, look him straight in the eye, shrug and say, “Eh. Enough.” And you walk out of the room without another thought or glance.
Now, most people would say that what you just did was beyond rude–it was cruel and hurtful, to say the very least. This man has given his life for the service of your country. He has fought for the freedoms that you take for granted. And your response to that sacrifice is little more than complete indifference. Deplorable behavior, for sure, and something for which you ought to be ashamed and offer an apology.
How often we do that to Jesus.
How often do you go to Mass? “Eh…often enough.”
How often do you pray? “Eh…often enough.”
How often do you thank God for what He has done for you? “Eh…often enough.”
How much do you love God? “Eh…enough.”
Do you see the problem here? That attitude…what is with that?! This is one of the things that absolutely kills me. It breaks my heart.
I know those aren’t the easiest pictures to look at. I know they might freak you out or even make you uncomfortable. But what should make you more uncomfortable is the fact that Jesus went through all of that, and so many people just shrug their shoulders.
I don’t understand how we can be so cruel. I can’t comprehend how we can be so cold and indifferent. He loves us so much! How can we shrug our shoulders at that? Jesus was betrayed, beaten, mocked, spat upon, and crucified all for love of us. But we’re too busy. We don’t have time for church or prayer, much less special devotions. We have lives we have to live! We have work we have to do, papers we have to write, books we have to read, places we have to go, and people we have to see. When we go to Mass, we’re distracted. We receive the Eucharist while thinking about all the other things we still have to do at home. It was good enough that we actually got up and WENT to Mass, right? At least we showed up and put our money in the basket. It’s all good.
And meanwhile, as we go about our everyday lives, we’re completely oblivious to the fact that our indifference, irreverence, and ingratitude pierce the Sacred Heart of Jesus. He loves us and desires to give His whole self to us, but we turn aside and don’t pay any attention to Him. Every once in a while, when we really need something, we think to say a quick prayer asking for something to happen in our favor. “Thank You” and “I love You” just don’t cross our minds. We go to Mass because we have nothing better to do on a Sunday morning and we might as well keep the family happy, but we don’t think about where it is we’re going or Who we encounter at Mass.
Yet, even after all of this, He still loves us! Jesus will always forgive us, even when we have greatly offended Him. But we first have to recognize that we are wrong, and then we need to run to His mercy. There is nothing like the love and the mercy of God. He is the one who has been offended, and yet His concern is for us! We’ve wandered away from the Father, but the first thing He wants to know when we come home to Him is whether or not we’re okay, whether or not we’re hurt. Just as with the Prodigal Son, His first reaction is joy that we have returned–there is no anger. He forgets Himself in His love for us.
We should take a lesson here.
Posted on September 13, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged God's mercy, indifference, irreverence, love of jesus, Prodigal Son, Sacred Heart, suffering of Jesus, the love of God, the love of Jesus. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.