The economy of salvation has love as its capital – a love that can never be exhausted. Forgiveness of sins depends upon our willingness to accept the currency of God [we must deal with God on his terms]…What Jesus… share[s] on that precious height [the cross] dispels all evil, washes guilt away, restores lost innocence, brings mourners joy; it casts out hatred, brings us peace and humbles earthly pride.
The earthly household should be managed as the heavenly household is. Just as Jesus and the Father are one, so must we be one with Christ. When Jesus talks about the importance of giving… he isn’t talking about surplus change, but rather about giving that which is truly sacrificial. What we have freely received, we must freely share.
Precisely because my heart is capable of suffering, I want it to give Jesus everything possible.
From The Little Way of Lent
by Fr. Gary Caster
I think my head exploded when I read these words as part of today’s Lent reading. Wow. The Kingdom of God truly is the Upside Down Kingdom! God doesn’t give to us in the way the world gives to us. God will never haggle or cheat or even work in exchange for money. God’s ‘currency’ is love – and love alone. And that is… beyond mind-blowing.
“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another…
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also…
“I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you… you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you… Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them…
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.”
John 13:34-35; John 14:6,7, 18,20, 23, 27 (NRSVA)
Heavenly Father, small as I am, may the world always know me by your currency. Instill in me your wisdom. Fill me to overflowing with kindness and compassion, by your grace.