“Necessity is the mother of invention” is one of the proverbs that underpins the idea of human quest to make human life comfortable and better. In spite of the scientific achievements and complementations, still the tragedy in life persist and human nature struggles to realize a life in total peace and love. I hope all of us can agree that the ubiquity of anxiety and pain is in every domain of life. Many thinkers and philosophers speculated on the betterment of human life and proposed many paradigms based on their own context. A wide range of paradigms affirm between nirvana to possessivity, self-affirmation to self-submission, logical reasoning to mysterious faith, and whatnot, which envisions for the human experiment to realize its core idea.
Today, I would like to share one of the richest and hardest paradigms of Jesus, turning the resistance forces of good into a transformative agency through the virtue of love.
Love is often misunderstood when it's limited. Love is eternal. There is always loyalty in the true operation of Love. The words of Love and its feelings synchronize absolutely without an iota change. Love is spontaneous and natural. St. Paul’s exposition on Love is so self- evident in 1 Corinthians Chapter 13. Love is always genuine; it cannot be ostentatious. God is Love.
As we all know that in spite of the quarantine, in the context of COVID-19, we stay connected through different forms. Our anxiety has become a positive energy in a context
of quest for life. This is relatively a paradox phenomenon. The unseen virus which harms, connects everyone virtually because this virus has become an important discourse. After all, it's all about life.
Jesus also highlights the virus that causes hate in the heart and articulates his deep pedagogy of love as a redemptive measure. His love becomes the super antidote to assuage the effects of hate, and its effectiveness as a transformative agency draws a new paradigm in the path of spirituality. Thus, Jesus identifies that loving the enemy is a possibility only when we understand the connectivity between the current reality with the future. Enlarging the eyes to the future and hope in God helps a person to be connected with everyone in the world. Otherwise, life becomes an ordeal with perennial joy becoming just a mirage. The human life as its struggles between the good and bad, divine and evil qualities, the quality of love in a broader sense serves as an anchor to the human ship steering in the direction of God.
Paul Tillich describes God as, “Ground of being” and his ontological exposition helps us to stay connected with God which helps us to draw courage to travel with evil with a receptive resistance for transformation.
Being merciful to the ungrateful and wicked is another quality of divinity that set directives for an effective mission engagement. Instead of pondering on hate, Jesus highlights on doing the Love of God which gives us an optimistic approach in spite of the temporal challenges. The rewards and the recognition of all human beds is a mere fallacy because all human beings are fallible beings. The reciprocity acts are just enigmatic and ephemeral because the eternity of God is our destiny and totality.
Let our love continue to reflect Christ, which offers space even to the negativity for a sustainable change. It's a challenge to sail, but when we learn to abduct ourselves from COVID-19, we can also learn from the effects of the paradigm of hate and replace it with the paradigm of love to combat the deadly instincts that decodes the symphony of life.
Predominantly, the symbol of the Cross communicates the self-sacrificing attitude to offer everlasting life to the dying. Jesus offered life at cross and gave us the courage to take up our own crosses; come what may, let us continue to love everyone because God is always with us. Friends let us continue to ponder the new paradigm of love in Christ by,
Extending Love to Haters Extending Friendship to Enemies
Extending Prayers to those who Mistreat Us,
Extending Mercy to the Ungrateful and Wicked. This is a new paradigm to refresh our spiritual Journey to combat the cacophony notions of life.
May God bless these Words. Amen.