As we are approaching the days of the Passion of Christ, I come to ask myself this question. Why did the son of God, one who is almighty, come down from heaven, and take up the ultimate sacrifice on the cross for me? I, who at many times in my life, deserted Him. I, who often take the easy way out. I, who for most part of my life, lived in the dark. I, who am such a sinner. And if I was present during His time, I, who would have shouted at the top of my voice “crucify him”. I, who am worthless and unworthy.
The readings today, however, paint a different picture. We see the unrelenting love of God for us. He made a promise to deliver His people from bondage and slavery. He, then, appoints Moses to lead them into the Promised Land, and instructed them to take a Passover lamb, slaughter it and mark their doors with the blood of the lamb to spare them from the final plague that God has sent. In the second reading, Jesus breaks bread with his disciples and offers them the bread of life and the chalice of salvation. And, ultimately, at the last Supper, Jesus showed the best example of how it is to love and serve the Lord.
Everything in the readings hold true until today --we are so loved by God that He spares us from our own destruction the moment we accept Him as our personal Lord and Savior, the moment we mark ourselves with the blood of Christ who is the Lamb of God. And each and every day, we are offered the Body and Blood of Christ who is present and with us in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. Truly, as the Son of God is the best teacher, may we always choose to love as He loves, and serve our brethren the way He did by obeying the will of His father.
In the Philippines, we call the Holy Week “Mahal na Araw”. When translated, the word “mahal” means precious. It also means love - a good reminder of who we really are in Christ.
So Who I am?
I am precious.
I am worthy.
I am loved, that’s who I am in the eyes of Our Father.
I thank you for the love that You shower me with.
I am grateful that you make me worthy for this love.
Father, I seek that I may love as Christ loved and serve as He served, obediently and lovingly.
May I start this today and continue on this ‘til I see you face to face.
In Jesus’ mighty name.