Of Love and Elections

John 15: 9-11
Acts 15:7-21 / Psa 96

As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love.
(John 15:9)

No other way to the Father
But only through Jesus, His Son,
And only His love can gather
Our people together as one.

Jesus said to His disciples, “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” (John 15:9-11)

Reflection

Have you ever wondered what motivated all the saints and martyrs to dedicate their lives to the point of death for the sake of Jesus and the Gospel? In the face of persecution, they seemed to be in a state of immeasurable joy. Instead of fear for their imminent death, they welcomed it like a loving friend. It was simply God’s love, the love that conquers all. Since they had all been true to God’s commandments, and remained in Christ’s love, they were all immersed completely in His joy, displacing all fears, doubts and even physical tortures. Even death had lost its sting, because it became a doorway to eternal bliss in the Father’s kingdom.

The kind of love that our Lord Jesus speaks of is a special grace that the Father gives to those who are steadfast in their obedience and in their faith. We can never outdo God in love because His love is beyond measure. Our love for others is merely a reflection of God’s love, and a natural response to his boundless compassion and mercy. We cannot help but give what we have already received. And how urgently it is needed at the present time.

St. Paul tells us that there is always reason for hope, since God has poured out His love into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, Whom He has given us (Romans 5:5). The present controversy hounding our electoral system should not discourage civil society from finding a solution to avert a more disastrous political crisis in our country should there be a failure of elections. It is imperative for everyone to do his/her share in helping maintain peace and order to preserve our democratic institutions, however frail and vulnerable they might be. Let us guard against resorting to desperate options that will only be taken advantage of by radical and militant factions. Pursuing a clean and honest elections is following Jesus’ will for us to love our country as He has loved us. True love entails great sacrifice. There is no greater proof of love than sacrificing our time, effort and resources for the sake of our country’s future. Jesus proved his love for us by humbling Himself, becoming human, and even dying painfully as a sacrifice for our sins. How else can we reciprocate that love? This is the best time to practice it: by not showing enmity against those who belong to opposing political parties; by respecting each other’s choices for future government leaders; and most important of all, by praying fervently to God for help, so that the evil forces that are trying to subvert our democratic process of selecting our leaders will not prevail.

Lord, inflame our hearts to serve with love You and our beloved country. May our sacrifices in the coming political exercise be worthy of Your great love. Amen.

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