“Whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.” – Luke 10:16
Jesus’ words in today’s Gospel seem pretty clear: if you reject him, you reject God the Father, therefore rejecting God.
I still find it puzzling that there are so many people in the world who accept God but reject Jesus. They accept a higher power and generally they accept the God described by Jesus in the New Testament: a creator, a loving father. But that’s where they stop. They seem to not want to embrace Jesus’ divinity.
I can’t help but think this is mostly out of a sense of ignorance to what 1. God is/has done and 2. who Jesus is (God).
Let’s start by explaining the Holy Trinity. God is ONE Being. He existed before time and space. He keeps EVERYTHING in existence. If He decided, all of this would be gone in an instant, the entire universe back to nothingness. We’re kept in existence because He created us to love him and share His love with others. He didn’t NEED us; He WANTED us. That’s incredibly humbling. And since the beginning, we have sinned, requiring His mercy again and again.
The biggest sin is to reject His Son. While God is ONE begin, He is THREE Persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). All THREE of these have always existed and it’s between these three persons that LOVE exists in perfect form.
There are two chapters to our creation. The first is creation until the announcement of God becoming man. After the Fall of Adam and Eve, God has been preparing His people to be ready for His Son, for renewal, getting ready to open Heaven and allowing us to become more intimate with Him. It took a long time since the original Fall was so terrible and willful. Our hearts had to be softened to Him. If you read the Old Testament, it’s nothing but sin and mercy, sin and mercy.
Then, when He deemed us ready, He created Mary, our beloved Mother Without Sin, because God could not enter into a being that was not herself perfect, though human. From the moment of the Annunciation (when St. Gabriel the Archangel told Mary she was to take God into her and he would become human), we entered this second phase of our story: from the time of Jesus through His second coming.
God is so good! Through Jesus He Himself walked on Earth, encountered many humans, healed, proclaimed the Kingdom, and LOVED. It’s very humbling that God walked among us in this way. After doing all he could, he gave his ultimate sacrifice in LOVE by dying on the cross. Did he have to? Of course not! One snap of the finger and our sins could have been forgiven. Yet, He died on the cross so that we, as humans, could understand what love is. That we had this concrete example of pure love and sacrifice, because that’s what God wants.
Then, by raising from the dead (which really is God just re-presenting himself in a more perfect form), he showed us that he was truly God (not just some great preacher or healer as many at this point argue). He was and is Divinity itself. He, just as the other two persons of the Holy Trinity, are ONE TRUE GOD.
So, by rejecting Jesus as your savior, rejecting his divinity, rejecting His presence in the Blessed Sacrament, you are rejecting the God that you acknowledge as creator.
It’s great to “be a good person.” We should all strive for that. But that isn’t the point of life. The point of life is to SERVE God through Love. Love for HIM. Love for others. Serving others so that you serve Him. And in doing so, having a RELATIONSHIP with God. Be His friend.
Jesus wants you to literally love him, to have a personal relationship with him. How do you do that? Through prayer! There’s formal prayer. There’s chatting with Him in a casual way. There’s devotions. No one way is better than the other.
Today on this First Friday I plan on “hanging out” with Jesus at adoration. There we’ll just chat. I’ll listen. I’ll pray the Rosary. It’s not every day you get to hang out with GOD in person. Usually we have to get through this challenging life and die in a state of grace to get to do that. (Thank goodness for Confession!).
If you believe in God but not Jesus, I suggest you read the New Testament. Pick one and start in the beginning. I find it hard for anyone to read the New Testament and not fall in love with Jesus.
Then, ponder the early Church. Christianity arose amidst terrible persecution. So many died for Jesus. They had to believe in Jesus’ divinity and God’s promise in order to do so. Even today, many die for Him, becoming martyrs. This isn’t just “some guy.” This is YOUR Savior. He’s our “Savior” because he offers the way to eternal salvation, to an eternity that far surpasses anyone’s comprehension. No need to be afraid of death as a Christian because you know you’ll be with Jesus, who loves you more than ANYONE, in a perfect love.
So, if Jesus is knocking on your heart (and I’m sure he is), take a pause and listen. Your short life here will benefit enormously by developing a true relationship with Jesus but more importantly, you’ll know that you have nothing to fear but fear itself, for the Gates of Heaven will be open to you.
Don’t reject God. Embrace Him with open arms, knowing he’s with you always (and literally in the Blessed Sacrament).
Have a blessed day!
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