Yes, the love note came with a guarantee like a Cabbage Patch doll that comes with a birth certificate . Many aspects of the guarantee were extraordinary and deserve contemplation and commentary not the least of which is the ink in which it was written. The guarantee of the love note was written in the ink of suffering. The guarantee of the love note was a collaboration between us and our God. God supplied the love. We supplied the ink. Contrary to normal expectations, we baptized him not he us . We baptized him in a boiling cauldron of suffering . Adversity is the test of genuineness. Adversity distinguishes the genuine from the counterfeit. We put the love note to the test of adversity . We opened bloody wounds in his body with lash, thorns, nails and spear. Buckets of blood poured through his wounds. On a cataract of blood his very life itself was carried out of his body. But not a drop - not a drop - of his love for us followed his blood through his wounds and out of his body. His most sacred heart stayed filled to the brim with love for us. Witness the truth by watching the traffic through his bloody wounds. His bloody wounds are the memorials of his love for us. They are the credentials of divinity. The serpent has no bloody wounds. Jesus, on the other hand, does. A counterfeit love note would not have submitted to the test of adversity in the first place. A counterfeit love note would not have emerged from its brutal baptism intact and undiminished.
Publishing the Love Note and Providing its Guarantee
In the process of publishing the guarantee of the love note, Jesus demonstrated for us - not just declared to us - both the magnitude (huge) and duration (perpetual) of God's love for us. From the platform of the Cross, love was done not said.
The Duration of the Love Note
What did God tell us about the duration of his love for us? His love for us did not fade as we tortured him and did not die when we killed him. His love for us survived the evil we did to him. The survival of his love for us suggests that his love for us is radically intransigent. It is indestructible. The dial that controls his love for us is in his hands not ours. Moreover, it is set to the highest degree and is locked in place. Not even the evil we did to him could budge it.
Jesus refused to let the evil we did to him transmogrify him into the most hideous and miserable of loveless beasts. Instead of releasing his grip on love, He clung to his love for us, held tight and refused to let go. He maintained his resemblance to God. The greater the love in our hearts, the greater is our resemblance to God . "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another". Because his most sacred heart stayed filled to the brim with love for us, Jesus was able to say "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do."
The Magnitude of the Love Note
What proof did Jesus give us that revealed the magnitude of God's love for us?
The proof of the magnitude of his love for us is found on the near side of the Cross not on its far side.
To publish the Autobiography of God, a price was paid .
He paid the price of publication out of his own pocket. He did not pay the price from his unlimited divine resources. He paid the price from his limited human resources. He paid them all for us. He kept not a penny for himself. He has never paid more for anything else . The price he paid matters . It is the proof of how dear we are to him. His willingness to pay an exorbitant price to publish the love note is the verification of its authenticity.
The serpent did not pay a price for us. Jesus did and the price he paid was exorbitant.
Hearts filled to the Brim with Love
God has set up natural communities whose members are predisposed to have hearts filled to the brim with love. Family, marriage, Church are examples of them. Abide in these communities. Build them. Safeguard them.
God seeded the earth with communities of love.
The "Maleness" of Divinity; the "Femaleness" of Humanity
Why is God depicted as male? Why does the Catholic Church reserve its priesthood to males? The act of reproduction is a powerful allegory that the genius of God embedded into life itself to inform us that God is trying to inseminate us with the knowledge of God. God wants to knock us up - to make us pregnant with the knowledge of God . At the climax of the conversation between the Crucifixion and the Resurrection, the Word of God sowed the knowledge of God into the womb of humanity . The climax of the conversation occurred when Jesus emerged from the dead still alive and still in love with us.
The God who fashioned us out of the mud with his hands put himself into the hands of the mud to leaven the mud with the yeast of divinity. The yeast of divinity is love .