COME LORD JESUS
Francis Xavier Cabrini Church in Crestline, California.
I come quickly: hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. Revelation 3:11
"IN the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and
the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came to be
through Him, and without Him nothing came to be.
We say, Come Lord Jesus...but not too
close! We say Come Lord
Jesus just until things become inconvenient or we become afraid. We've done it in
history and we've done it spiritually. Humanity
wanted a Messiah until the implications of participation were discovered. It meant doing what we resist most, and that is
LET'S really look
at it. Here is a Man who came onto this
foreign place called creation. He shared our own human flesh. He ate meals at the wrong
time and in the wrong places and even on the wrong days. He spoke in a way that few
understood. And when he found rejection, it
wasn't because of Divine Laws. They were manmade laws that stood more important than
Gods Law or His Presence.
I always think of the part of the mass when,
as a presbyter, I have to say Through the mingling of this water and wine, may we
come to share in the Divinity of Christ, Who humbled Himself to share in our
humanity. As we used to say when I
lived in the South, thems powerful words! Now all humanity has been anointed. Each person shares something with Christ in his or
her own being... as a human being!
WE as Christians
will fight to the finish when it comes to defending this reality, right? We would never place manmade laws above Gods
law, right? We say that we see Jesus in the
unborn, the poor, the imprisoned, right? Yes, we look... but from a distance. Again we find even ourselves saying, Come
Lord Jesus, but not too close.
"ALL things came to be through Him...that
means that every thing in creation was created for His glory. And, theres that word again,
glory. We use it all the
time. But how many people can explain its
meaning? Simply put, the word
glory means reputation. When
we share in the Lords glory, we share in His reputation. When we experience His glory, we experience what
we have heard about Him through the Gospel. So,
for us to glorify God it means to share or spread His reputation.
WE know this reputation through what we have
witnessed in Jesus Who said Be perfect as your Father is perfect. What does
this mean? If we get close enough to Jesus,
we can also hear Him say, But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those
who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for He makes His
sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.
For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? Do not the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brothers only, what is
unusual about that? Do not the pagans do the same? So be perfect, just as your
heavenly Father is perfect."
WHAT is it exactly
that is exemplified by the sun rising on the good and the bad? Well, of course, it is Gods infinite love. What we do with that love is another story. Sadly we, as individuals, decide for ourselves who
the good and the bad are. Good are the people we desire to have around us. Bad are the
people we don't. But if we love them how do we put this love into action?
IT all boils down to what people often say,
I see Jesus in all people! I
say, Yeah, right! Come Lord Jesus. I
see You in all people...er... except those who are like You. I'm speaking of those who come into our lives and
challenge us to be more like Your Father. Come Lord Jesus... but not too close. I see You in all people. I see You in the people that even our country
calls illegal. Accepting them is like those who walked away when You said,
Unless you eat My Body and drink My Blood you shall not have life within you.
If its distasteful or inconvenient... or like the Pharisees, Sadducees, and Roman
authorities, we can find a law, a man made law, that we can make into a god over You and
we can ignore what You said. Come Lord Jesus, but not that close. You are illegal
because Your words go against our civil law. God forbid that we should only give a
convenient donation from our checkbooks to a charitable organization rather than actually
getting out hands dirty.
get too close, Lord Jesus. You have no money and if you hurt yourself, even on a cross,
we're going to have to foot the hospital bill. You speak a language called
parables which we don't understand. We don't want You changing our language.
You can come, but again, You're getting too close. But
I promise, I will see You in other people. In
fact, I'll treat them the same way, ok?
ISN'T this ridiculous? I know I'm
preaching to the choir, right? I
know that no true Christian would ever call Gods creation illegal. For, by Gods law, all people are
legitimate or legal. As a Catholic, I would never turn away a foreigner just because I
didn't speak his language or understand his culture. That would be like turning Jesus away
who spoke the parables that eventually had to be explained to us. He spoke so that we could understand the language
of life. He was no real respecter of law. Oh
yes, He said Render unto Caesar what is Caesars, but he was speaking
about coinage, not human beings.
WE know our laws
are not perfect. We have no problem with
going above the law to the supernatural law that says to love your neighbor. It nowhere says, Choose your neighbor before
you love them. And of course, no Catholic would say, Am I my brothers
keeper? Of course Cain said that after he made a decision to eliminate his brother.
No Catholic would eliminate another human being, right?
"O GOD this is getting
tedious. Your words are so hard to bear when they bring such inconvenience. How easy it is to do as the present day Pharisees
and Sadducees as they said, We have no King but U.S. Law. Come Lord Jesus, but
I'm busy right now.
IT reminds me of
the other night when I spoke to a man in an Internet chat room who was asking about
vocations. He kept coming up with
conditions. God sets the sun on the good and
the bad without condition. And yet, choosing
to do Gods will should have conditions? It
should follow my desires and convenience? Come
Lord Jesus. Here I am. Oh, here I am as long as its convenient.
OH how sad we all are when we imprison
ourselves with our pride, desires, and convenience. How free we are when we know how to
take the water of our baptism and mingle it in the substance that will become the most
Precious Blood, the presence of Life. What freedom we find when we enter into His divine
life and not choose among our neighbors, but love all regardless of human laws.
YES, Come Lord
Jesus. Come in the elderly with whom You
share humanity. Come in the stranger, the
immigrant who seems so different as You did. Come
in the unborn, as You shared that life in the womb. As
You shared in our humanity, let me share in Your Divinity.
Let me trust in You. Let me hope in
You. With the influences of the world around
me, I need you desperately.
HELP us to see You in all, not just some. Help us to realize that all things came into
being through You. Come Lord Jesus. Free me. Come
if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you
also may be where I am. John 14:3
If you have High Speed
Internet you can hear Father Amaro sing the original song that inspired the above article
"Come Lord Jesus"
Music and lyrics by Yvette Kovacs
(former parishioner at St. Francis Xavier Cabrini Church)
Produced and arranged by Father Amaro Saumell
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