From a Creighton Student's Perspective
December 5, 2011
Sophomore, Theology Major
Here is your God,
he comes with vindication;
with divine recompense
he comes to save you.” -Isaiah 35:4
Salvation through God is the key theme in today’s Scripture. We have been told from a very young age that God saves us. We have been comforted with the knowledge that God will ultimately set us free. However, what does it mean to say that God will set us free? How is it that God saves? I prefer to take a leaf from Michael J. Himes’ book, Doing the Truth in Love, when thinking about this question. Himes believes that one of the greatest insights a Christian can have in regards to his/her faith is to begin seeing God as love. If God is love, not simply one who loves, than this means that love will set us free because (as we see in today’s readings) it is God who frees us. This has incredible implications on how we choose to live our lives and on how we choose to reflect on Jesus’ life. Love is relational, active; love requires us to participate. We cannot passively love someone else; it must be active and alive!
But saying that God is love does not help us answer the question of how God saves us. I believe the answer lies in the application of love. In The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoevsky, a woman who is contemplating suicide is told to go out and love her fellow man concretely everyday, for love is tried and it is proven. Active love is given as the solution to misery and darkness. Love sets us free because nothing is beyond it. Love brings justice, light, and peace. It gives us hope that amidst all of the horror that surrounds humanity on a daily basis, there also simultaneously exists grace. We as human beings are surrounded by the power of love, but it is always our choice whether or not we choose to participate in it.
Jesus showed us the way and the truth during his time on earth. He let love rule his life and he consistently worked for the justice of all mankind. We are presented with the perfect model of love lived out and now we must make a decision. We can choose to look at the life of Jesus and say that we could never possibly live like him, or we can choose to push ourselves to live for love everyday. Although we are bound to fall and make mistakes along the way, we can always choose to pick up our stretcher and rise once more. Love is the path to salvation and Jesus is our guide. God saves us, but in the end, we must decide whether or not we will accept his road. Salvation through God is intrinsically linked to our relationship with God and with one another. The choice is and will always remain ours. Compassionate self-given love is where we must begin, for only through love will we ever discover true salvation.
“Justice shall walk before him,
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