Today is Good Friday, the day when the greatest charitable act of love is remembered; the day when Jesus gave up His life, completely trusting in the Father’s love and abiding by the Father’s will, so that we might be freed from sin and death and have eternal life. He himself said, “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13). It took great faith, hope and love to submit to the type of suffering and death that He experienced for our benefit. Yet He did just that so as to conquer sin and death. His love for each of us is so great.
Through Jesus’ act of redemption for our sins, He bestowed upon mankind His righteousness, so that we may be righteous before God (2 Corinthians 5:21). To be righteous, one needs to practice the virtue of charity, for from the font of charity, all other virtues are animated and inspired. Charity is therefore considered the source of all virtuous activity. If we do not embrace charity, as the foundation for all virtuous activity, then our works are hollow.
With today being Good Friday, I am going to give everyone an actual homework assignment! Find a way today, to do something good for someone else. Do it with love, wanting to be united to Christ in your effort. Consider it an opportunity to personally thank Jesus for His sacrificial act of self-giving love performed on your behalf. Here are some suggestions to get you on your way: Visit a sick friend, or call someone who you haven’t spoken to in awhile and let that person know how much he or she means to you. Pray for someone who annoys you, asking God to help you see things through that person’s eyes. Then after you have finished your task, take note of how it makes you feel. Might you feel a tingle of joy, or perhaps a sense of peace? I will be very interested in learning about the outcomes of your experiences.
Until we meet again to discuss the next reflection on the virtue of Charity, may you and yours have a Blessed Easter! Next time, we will discuss Charity in Action. Don’t miss it!