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Thoughts from Rev. Ana
One of the subjects that comes up again and again on television, entertainment news, and in popular Netflix series is that love is very fragile: lovers cheat on their partners, friends betray one another for money or power, and parents are even seen abandoning their children. Sadly, this subject is rooted in our human stories.
During this season in which we are consciously walking with Jesus to the cross, I wonder if love is such a fragile thing that it can only lead to pain. Can love really last?
In Matthew’s gospel, in the very week of the dramatic events that led to Jesus’s suffering and death, Jesus taught a parable about a love that doesn’t fade. He tells about some wicked tenant farmers who refused to give the vineyard owner the harvest that belonged to him. That owner, who represents God, then sends them one messenger after another. Finally, he longs so much to have their favorable response, that he winds up sending them his beloved son. This son is taken and beaten to death. It is an incredible image of the love of God.
Human love can be fickle and may fade away, but God’s love is passionate and persistent.
This amazing good news of the gospels, that “God so loved the world that he gave his only son”, was probably expressed most exquisitely by Samuel Crossman, in the words of his Lenten hymn:
My song is love unknown,
My Savior’s love to me;
Love to the loveless shown,
That they might lovely be.
O who am I, that for my sake
My Lord should take frail flesh and die?
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