Pathways through Lent

God is love. (Scroll Down for English).

byn Ena López

The Fourth Wednesday of Lent

Jeremiah 18:1-11       Psalms 101; 109, 119:121-144 Romans 8:1-11     John 6:27-40

“El amor de Dios es grande y maravilloso,” dice un himno que me encanta entonar, pero no solamente merece esta calificativo, sino que también es incomprensible; porque ¿Como entender que alguien pueda ser capaz de entregar a su hijo único, para que éste, pueda morir por salvar a otros?

Realmente no lo comprendo, pero si lo podemos verificar en la siguiente cita bíblica: Porque de tal manera amó Dios al mundo, que ha dado a su Hijo unigénito, para que todo aquel que en el cree, no se pierda más tenga vida eterna. (Juan 3:16)

Aquí vemos que al amor del Padre se suma el sacrificio de su Hijo Jesus ya que él acepta por amor a la humanidad, nacer y vivir humildemente para después morir en una cruz, que era la muerte más indigna de la época. Tener un final así; era una sentencia que se daba únicamente a los más desalmados asesinos, ladrones, y a los extranjeros. Si a esto le sumamos, el dolor, la vergüenza, el cansancio y la humillación que Jesus sufrió durante su crucifixión, es algo que nos debería comprometer a tener una entrega mas profunda con Dios y ademas llenarnos de mucha felicidad, el saber que allá arriba contamos con ellos, en nuestros momento de infelicidad, de tristeza, cuando sintamos que el mundo nos abandona, recordemos que el Padre celestial y Jesus siempre están con nosotros, que ambos son la Roca firme en que podemos apoyarnos para seguir adelante, porque Dios es amor.

Crucifixion Icon via Wikimedia Commons

English Translation:

“The love of God is great and marvelous” these words come from a hymn I love to sing, but I must also qualify the words. I must say as well that the love of God is incomprehensible, because how can you understand love that motivates offering up your only son, that others might live? How do you understand dying to save others?

Really, I don’t understand it, but this is what confronts us in this verse: For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. (John 3:16) Here we see that the Father’s love reaches its height in the sacrifice of his Son Jesus. Love that began by accepting humanity, a humble birth and a humble life to later die on a cross, which was the most horrifying death of the time period. To die on a cross was a sentence reserved for the worst murderers, thieves, and foreigners. Add to this the pain, the suffering, the humiliation that Jesus suffered during his crucifixion. This should make us pause, and ask us to commit to a deeper relationship with God. It should also fill us with joy, to know that in our most profound pain and sadness, when we feel abandoned by the world, we remember that the Heavenly Father and Jesus are always with us. Together they are the strong rock that we can stand on to walk forward, because God is love.

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