Thought of the day
Friday, March 18, 2016

Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Christ gives his life for his enemies

Commentary of the day 
Saint Thomas More (1478-1535), English statesman, martyr 
A Treatise upon the Passion, Christ's love unto the end, Homily 1 (©Friends of Henry Ashworth)
Christ gives his life for his enemies

Let us deeply consider the love of our Savior Christ who so “loved his own unto the end” (Jn 13,1) that for their sakes he willingly suffered that painful end, and therein declared the highest degree of love that can be. For, as he himself says: “A greater love no one has than to give his life for his friends” (Jn 15,13). This is indeed the greatest love that ever anyone had. But yet had our Savior a greater, for he gave his for both friend and foe.

But what a difference is there now, between this faithful love of his and other kinds of false and fickle love found in this wretched world... Who can in adversity be sure of many of his friends when our Savior himself was, at his capture, left alone and forsaken by his? When you go forth who will go with you? If you were a king would not all your realm send you on your way alone and then forget you? Will not your own family let you depart a naked, feeble soul, you know not whither?

Let us all in time, then, learn to love as we should, God above all things, and all other things for him. And whatsoever love be not referred to that end, namely, to the good pleasure of God, is a very vain and unfruitful love. And whatsoever love we bear to any creature whereby we love God the less, that love is a loathesome love and hinders us from heaven... Now, since our Lord has so loved us, for our salvation, let us diligently call for his grace that in return for his great love we be not found ungrateful.