My Dear Sisters and Brothers! I have never met a person, who didn’t want Jesus to be compassionate, merciful, understanding, forgiving or empathic. This is precisely the message St Paul and the other Apostles preached, and the message the Christian people treasured and passed on from one generation onto next. Why did they treasure that message of Jesus being moved to the depths of his heart at the sight of human misery? Because it sustained their belief that their love for the Lord is not a one-sided love, or unrequited love as Shakespeare would say it. On the contrary we can be sure of his love for us. However we are not talking here about feelings and sweet words that can leave you sick. What the Bible describes as being moved to the depths of one’s heart implies that an action or actions will follow. It means that one cannot keep going on without addressing the situation. The One who is moved to the depths of his heart in the Gospel is the Lord of life and death.
That’s why that message is worth passing on. In the language of the Church treasuring that message of the Lord of life and death being moved to the depth of his heart and passing that message on is called Tradition. Tradition means that you love something so much, that you don’t want it to die with you. You want others to pick it up, to come to love it the way you do, to have their lives transformed and pass it on to the next generation.
How can we pass it on then? It is not about writing books about Jesus or erecting monuments that could ensure that people don’t miss him. If Jesus Christ has given you a new outlook on life, a new appreciation of life bring it into the situations where people are in despair, confused, heartbroken etc. We live in the society where all sorts of destructive views are ok whereas there is no room for the message of Jesus. We may be told that there is no room for Jesus in our society but we must remember that there is a need for Jesus. Only Jesus is the Lord of life and death. All the others only play with life and death. You might have heard of the incident with the gorilla in the US. How shocking were the comments of some Green activists who said that the animal should have been left to play with the child. We don’t need to go to America to have similar situations. One of our own MPs who fight to shut down puppy farms voted to support killing unborn babies at the advanced stages of pregnancy. Or let’s look at so called Safe School Coalition. Is it about safety of the children? It is an indoctrination and sexualisation of our young people. It is not about being moved to the depths of one’s heart for other but it is selling under the cover of safety the ideology which questions the very fundamental understanding of a human being as a man and a woman created in the image of God. God wants us all to grow as his children. Looking at the Tradition of the Church, which has given the human family so many holy men and women, who embraced the message of Jesus, were formed by it and who passed it on to the next generation, we can be sure that it works because God is there.
Jesus Christ is the Lord of life and death. All the others are playing with life and death which will always end in destruction. That’s why we need to bring into the conversation with the wider community Jesus Christ who can turn death and despair into everlasting life and happiness.