Genuine

History is A Series of Failed Attempts by the Serpent to extinguish God's Love for Us

How do we convince them that we love them? We let them torture and kill us, rise from the dead and continue to love them nonetheless. If this does not convince them that their God loves them, nothing will.

God has given their love to us. God places no limitations on the gift of their love of us. There are no strings attached to it. No quid pro quo is expected of us. It is not a loan that we must pay back. It is not one side of a bargain. There is no fine print. There are no qualifications, conditions or exceptions. It is a gift. It is a gift from God to us. It is free. God does not charge us anything for it. We do nothing to earn it. We are unworthy of it. We do not deserve it.

The serpent is jealous of God's gift of His love to us. 'How can God love these unworthy and undeserving creatures?', the serpent asks himself. Surely, in loving them, God has made a serious mistake. In loving them, God has made a gross error in judgment.

The serpent does not understand that love can be a gift. And the giver is free to give the gift to anyone.

Indeed, we are unworthy of God's love of us. We do not deserve it. Yet, God still loves us anyway. It is preposterous but God still loves us anyway. This absurdity makes God number one in our book. Giving love to us despite our unworthiness is why we consider God great.

The serpent, however, is a dynamic but malign force who propels himself through human history repeatedly trying to extinguish God's love for us. The serpent tries time and time again to persuade God that God has made a mistake in loving us. History, therefore, consists of a series of failed attempts by the serpent to extinguish God’s love for us.  Furthermore, God exploits these episodes to demonstrate to us the indestructibility of His love for us.

The first failed attempt to extinguish God’s love for us occurred with Adam and Eve. The serpent induced them to abdicate paradise for godlessness. Surely, their ingratitude would extinguish God’s love for us, the serpent thought. But it did not. God continued to love us nonetheless.

The serpent’s final attempt to extinguish God’s love for us took place at Calvary. It was predicted that the Son of God would pay us a visit. The serpent waited and watched for the visit. When the time of the visit came, the serpent induced us to torture and kill the Son of God while He was human, alive, tender, vulnerable and our guest upon the earth. We tortured and killed Him. This is the sin of sins. We could have done no worse evil to Him. Surely, this insult to the very person of the Son of God would extinguish God’s love for us, the serpent thought. But, again, it did not. God continued to love us nonetheless. That this very personal insult to the Son of God did not extinguish His love for us, tells us that nothing can. Nothing can extinguish God's love for us. God's love for us blazes like an out-of-control bonfire in His most sacred heart.

As a result of Calvary, the serpent finally realized the truth about God's love for us. And the serpent despaired.

His love for us is indestructible.

His love for us is invincible.

His love for us is invulnerable.

His love for us is inextinguishable.

His love for us is intransigent.

His love for us is steadfast.

His love for us is obdurate.

How do we know? Calvary tells us so. Calvary is the proof. Calvary is the irrefutable proof. The survival of His love for us at Calvary guarantees this. If God's love for us were counterfeit, it would have faded as we tortured Him and died when we killed Him. But it did not. Therefore, His love for us is genuine. 

On the rock of Calvary, we build our understanding of God. An understanding of God built on Calvary is infallible.

The only open question after Calvary is, 'do we recognize the truth about God's love for us?'.  Calvary opened the serpent's eyes to the truth about God's love for us. Has Calvary opened our eyes?

Christianity in a nutshell: We tortured and killed him. He suffered and died. Yet, He did not stay dead and he did not stop loving us. Score the victory for God. Celebrate the victory at Mass.

The Guarantee of the Genuineness of the Love Note

We tortured and killed him. He suffered and died. Yet, he did not stay dead and he did not stop loving us.

Why did the Son of God pay the exorbitant cost of our salvation?

The theory that the Son of God took the bullet meant for us besmirches the reputation of God the father. It can't be valid. God the Father is not a monster. He did not shoot his Son. He loves his son.

At Bethlehem, God delivered to us a love note. Imagine that. A love note from God to us. It was a most unusual love note. The love note was different. It was not just the word of God written on dead paper. It was the word of God written on life itself. It lived and breathed. The love note was alive! It was written in the form of a baby born in the most humble of circumstances in the boondocks of time and space. It was inconspicuous, anonymous and remote. By all measures, it ought to have been overlooked but it was not.

Why was it not?

Because it came with a guarantee.

God did not just put the love note into our hands. God put a guarantee of its genuineness into our hands as well.

At Calvary, His love for us was put to the test. Contrary to normal expectations, we baptized him (Matthew 3:13-17). If the love note were counterfeit, his love for us would have faded as we tortured him and died when we killed him. But it did not. It survived. The evil we did to him did not extinguish his love for us nor reduce it by even the slightest degree. 

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.

That his love for us survived intact and undiminished the evil we did to us is the guarantee that the love note is genuine. 

The God who fashioned us out of the mud with his hands put himself into the hands of the mud to reveal to the mud the sweetness of paradise.