And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” – Mark 12, 30- 31
“No way to heaven but suffering!”
There’s something I really don’t like in the way how many people understand the faith. So I’ve decided to write a few words about it.
Who actually hit upon an idea that the faith or life or both of them must be a way through suffering? Well, I’m quite sure that many of us experienced the state of flow at least once. Simple things make us happy and we feel like all the body is smiling, not just lips. The time disappears. It doesn’t have much in common with following some passing pleasures. Yes, we know very well that the Church wants to deter us from them. But I don’t feel much convinced with what the Church actually gives us instead. “Love is sacrifice”. “Suffering will lead you to heaven”. So let’s suffer. Let’s sacrifice. One day we may arrive to this majestic land of eternal happiness.
Whereas the people seek the joy
If we actually don’t know the happiness, how can we know what we miss? Don’t we have any other option to understand nature of God but contrasts? We suffer here, but there it will be over! What can I say – it doesn’t convince me. And there are many young people who are looking for their way. They feel dejected by this “compulsory suffering” so they chose other way.
Whereas the Gospel teaches us something simple – and we all heard about it. “You shall love your neighbour as yourself. Love the others as much as you love yourself”. Nothing about “sacrifice for the world” or “chose suffering to become saint”. The Gospel says something else. Don’t look down on yourself. Don’t forget about yourself or humiliate yourself. Low self-esteem may look like modesty and humbleness but it’s not. If you don’t respect yourself – how can you respect the world? You are the point of reference for yourself. If this reference is low and negative, would you enjoy the wealth of the world?
You can’t offer something which you don’t have. Love the others as much as you love yourself. Don’t pretend that you’re not important. Don’t run away from yourself. God created you out of love, would he like you to vanish? Your first task is to be happy, feel important and then to offer it to the others.
So… Love yourself and come back to Bethlehem soon!