9 April, Thursday – Loving us better than we love ourselves

Maundy Thursday – Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Ex 12:1-8, 11-14
1 Cor 11:23-26
Jn 13:1-15

It must be an animal without blemish

In today’s reading, God required the Israelites to prepare an animal for their passover meal. He specifically said that the animal chosen must be that without blemish. Foreshadowing aside, it made me wonder if the Israelites would choose the best animal for themselves if God had not said so.

I recently came across an article where the netizens shared finding some new, beautiful but never-been-used items among the belongings of their departed loved ones — new clothes, unused plates, fancy watches. These were all kept for later use. I am not sure how many of us are guilty of this. So I guess that if God did not tell the Israelites to prepare an animal without blemish, some would probably have chosen an animal with a slight blemish. God wants the best for us that we may not want ourselves.

We don’t love ourselves the way God wants us to.

Not many of us know how to really love ourselves. Some of us even feel that loving ourselves equals being selfish, while some of us subconsciously hate ourselves. One day, I woke up and realized that God loves me so much better than I love myself. And His question to me was: “How can you not love the you who I love so much?”

It was a piercing revelation.

I would like to invite you to find time during this Triduum and talk to God about the good things He wants to give us, but we think we don’t deserve. Talk to God and ask Him to show you the lovable you He’s so in love with. Ask God to teach you how to love yourself more.

What does it mean to love? St Thomas Aquinas said that ‘to love is to will the good of the other.’ God loves us because He wills our good. He wants us to find joy in this life, and in the next.

To love ourselves means to will the good for ourselves. And this goodness, as one priest told me, is in God.

(Today’s OXYGEN by Stephanie Villa)

Prayer: Dearest Lord God, please teach me how to love myself. Open my eyes to see how you see me. 

Thanksgiving: Thank you, Lord, for wanting what’s best for me.

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