From a Creighton Student's Perspective
October 14, 2011
Sophomore, Economics and Accounting Double Major,
Do not be afraid." - Luke 12:7
I really struggled with the juxtaposition of these two lines as I read through the Gospel today. Rather than finding it a comfort how well we are known by the Lord, the prospect filled me with fear. For, if he knows us each intimately enough to know how many hairs are on our head (an ever-changing statistic which we ourselves don't know), then surely he knows us each well enough to know each of our flaws. And that’s scary.
He’s the God of the Universe; I don’t even own a car. He’s all-powerful; I can’t lift more than 40 pounds (and that might be a stretch.) He’s all-knowing; I can’t even remember what I did yesterday. He’s all-good; I sometimes act out of pure selfishness. Why would he, who has everything, want to get to know silly little me at all, much less take the time to know such insignificant things about me?
It’s scary to be known; it’s scary to have someone know my flaws- my every imperfection. It’s frightening to know that the most sinful part of me can’t be kept hidden from his perfect eyes. And yet, how beautiful to know that, seeing us clearly, he loves us anyway. There is nothing we can do to deserve or escape from that love.
This is the love that we are not only freely given, but are called to freely give. This is the love that we should strive to show towards our brothers, parents, friends, and eventually children and spouse. It’s the love we are called to reflect back to God.
This isn’t easy; we are still human. It takes a conscious, day-by-day, moment-by-moment effort to love in this way, especially when others cause us harm. Love isn’t easy; it’s a risk, it’s a decision, it comes with the knowledge that it may never be returned. But “Do not be afraid”, for this is truly the love of God.
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