God is love who manifests himself in various forms in accordance with our needs.
God rewrote his message of love in the ink of suffering to guarantee the genuineness of the message.
The Love Note, the Invitation and their Verification
At Bethlehem, the most Holy Trinity hand delivered to us two gifts:
1) a love note and
2) an invitation.
He was the love note and the invitation . At Bethlehem, the God who fashioned us out of the mud with his hands hand delivered to us a love note and an invitation by putting himself into the hands and at the mercy of the mud.
What type of literature is the Word of God? The Word of God is a love note.
The invitation was to return to our home in paradise with him and his holy family to live happily ever after. He promises us a happy, fairy tale ending to our harsh passage through the valley of tears. The journey is difficult but the destination is wonderful .
The generosity of God, however, did not stop at Bethlehem. It was not limited to these two gifts.
At Calvary, the Son of God delivered to us a third gift:
The three great gifts that God gave us during the visit he paid us at and about the city of Jerusalem in a region of our planet called the Middle East more than two thousand years ago were:
1) a love note
2) an invitation and
3) their verification.
He put into our hands the proof that the love note and the invitation were genuine. How? He rewrote them in the ink of suffering. By rewriting them in the ink of suffering, he revealed to us the secret of their duration - he guaranteed their intransigence - he demonstrated their persistence - he proved their indestructibility.
The evil that we did to him in the Crucifixion gave him good and sufficient reason to tear up the love note and revoke the invitation. Yet, he did not tear up the love note. He did not revoke the invitation.
He clung to his love for us, held tight, refused to let go and he kept the invitation on the table
. The dial that controls his love for us is in his hands not ours. Morevoer, it is set to the highest degree and is locked in place. Not even our evil can turn it.
His generosity was unaffected by the evil we did to him. The evil we did to him did not box in his generosity in any way, shape or form. It did not circumscribe his generosity. It did not limit it.
We can be sure of his love for us and that we are welcome to come back to our home with him and his holy family in paradise because the love note and the invitation survived the evil that we did to him - the ringer we put him through - the cruel baptism into which we immersed him - the Cross on which we impaled him bloody and alive like a worm on a hook. Their survival is the proof of genuineness. Their survival is the certificate of authenticity. Their survival is their verification.
The evil that we did to him ought to have rendered us ineligible for his gifts. It ought to have disqualified us. It ought to have placed us on his shit list. But it did not. God is still offering his gifts to us. God still loves us and wants us to come back home to paradise .
What say you? Do you accept? [Note: Acceptance is by repentance.]
The purpose of the evil we did to him was not to show us our wretchedness but to highlight and to emphasize and to intensify and to magnify and to amplify and to accentuate the indestructibllity of his love for us. The focus is on him not on us. We asked him the harsh question (the Crucifixion). He gave us his gentle answer (the Resurrection). The conversation was a breakthrough in our understanding of God - an earthquake of epiphany - a riot of revelation. What was surprising about the conversation was not our question but his answer.
The hen is putting the food directly into the mouths of her chicks in the nest - beak to beak. To survive, all the chicks need to do is to swallow the food and not spit it out.
The Word of God rewrote the love note and the invitation in the ink of suffering to prove that the two gifts he is offering to us are genuine - that salvation is real. The ink of suffering testifies to the fact that salvation is not just a silly fantasy. Our salvation is serious business and, in the estimation of our God, we are worth the extravagant price he paid out of his own pocket to achieve it. By rewriting the love note and the invitation in the ink of suffering, the Word of God showed us that they are indestructible. The two gifts continue to be offered to us despite the evil we did to him. The love note was not torn to shreds and the invitation was not taken off the table. 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 our evil can turn it .
Like foolish children, Adam and Eve ran away from their home with God in paradise and took us with them into the valley of tears. The valley of tears sucks. Our predicament in the valley of tears is dire. Therefore, the Word of God rewrote the love note by transforming it into an invitation to come back to our home with God and his holy family in paradise. A new exodus served by the new Moses, the Church, is making its escape through the valley of tears from the sourness of godlessness to the sweetness of paradise. We are invited to join the new exodus. We are invited to make our escape.
It is not enough to say that God loves us. Though true, saying so, defames God. It disparages what he did to demonstrate his love for us. It devalues his sacrifice. He did not just tell us he loved us. He took part in a cruel experiment that put the proof of his love for us into our hands. We planted him in the toxic soil of the Crucifixion, yet, the flower of the Resurrection emerged therefrom still in love with us. Not even the evil we did to him could extinguish the bonfire of love that burns for us in his most Sacred Heart or reduce it by even the slightest degree. His love for us is indestructible - immune to the evil we did to him. His love for us is mysteriously intransigent, inexplicably persistent and radically stubborn. We have the proof. The proof is in our hands. He put it there. [By the way, by emerging from the dead, he put the proof of his power into our hands as well. Nobody emerges from the dead. He did].