Friday, 15 February 2013

Struggling for Love


Struggling. The prevailing theme of Lent. To struggle, as defined by Merriam-Webster, is "to make strenuous or violent efforts in the face of difficulties or opposition".

For an imperfect creature, loving a perfect, self-sufficient being is unthinkable. Matching his perfect passions is impossible. But we, these imperfect lowly creatures, struggle. We dare "to make strenuous or violent efforts in the face of difficulties or opposition" that is ourselves. We struggle because we try to love Him who loved us first, with a Love that is flawless, a Love that spans all space and time, a Love that is Himself. We struggle to love Love. And to love Love, we do what Love does: to suffer.

This is not an easy task. People die in the process. Blood is spilled and tears are shed, all in the efforts to see the face of Love. But Love is alive. Those who are brave enough to give themselves to Love, give also themselves to Life. Love is the death of Death; Love suffering is Death tormented.

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