after coming out of Lent is the reality that I love humanity. It seems to me that it is a lot easier for us as a culture and myself as a person to focus on all the negative things that people do, but that has always been an option and it has always been less than fulfilling. On the flip side of that, I am constantly overwhelmed by the capacity for the human person to do good and live for something outside or greater than themselves. We are a fascinating creation. I know that using this language can sometimes put the person who uses it into the capacity of a “dreamer” but I really believe that until we start thinking this way about people as a culture, we will only perpetuate complacency and an eroded sense of morality.
Think about it, if we see humanity more for its faults then we slowly erode the value of the human person, subconsciously or not. The more I focus on the amazing goodness in the world and in many of the people who inhabit our planet the more I seek to love every individual person. Sure we all have difficult days. We all get hungry or uncomfortable or anxious, but it is in that human-ness that God has made us for love and beauty. This is not to simply put off the issues of the world and avoid them, but we must first start from a place of love rather than one of skepticism or pessimism.
I have been reflecting recently on how many true acts of selfless love have happened within the entirety of human history. Take ten seconds now and try to picture every un-noticed or un-recognized act of love that has EVER HAPPENED... That has brought me immense joy. Imagine then how much Joy the Father must have in those moments.
I imagine that in heaven if we so choose to be there, that we will somehow come to know and experience every joy that has ever come to be and will come to be. Every single one of those acts of selfless love will be imparted on us and within us. We will become one with Him Who IS LOVE. We will somehow witness in the most real way possible ALL the acts of Love which have ever occurred and we will be filled with true Joy and it will never fade.
What you and I have experienced in this life can only be but a glimpse, a shimmer of that fullness of Love and Joy that exists in God the Father in heaven.
What is the happiest moment of your life thus-far? Do you know that all those who love you in heaven (which guess what, EVERYONE IN HEAVEN LOVES YOU) experienced the fullness of your joy in that moment? I want a part of that. I want to be welcomed into the communion of saints on my dying day.
There was a beautiful moment in the Paul movie which came out a couple weeks ago after a number of Christians were sent into the colosseum to be slaughtered at the circus games. Saint Paul and Luke were talking about the event and how Luke prayed with them the night before. Saint Paul said (and I’m paraphrasing) What a wondrous celebration must have been had this day when they were welcomed into paradise.
Can you imagine the thunderous roar of every single person who ever lived and died and went to heaven cheering for you? That is the reality in which we must live. We are not a people called to live alone. We are an Easter people. Not each individually Easter-persons, but collectively as one we are an Easter People. Let us live with the joy and confidence of the resurrection in our hearts. Not just a resurrection that Christ has come into the world and has risen after His death 2000 years ago, but a resurrection that you and I will one day be raised up to join the King of Kings at the banquet that never runs dry. What joy is this that we should be given such a promise? May we give everything of our lives in return for the matchless gift that our Lord has given us in life eternal.
By the Grace of God may we all be worthy of that inheritance.