“The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:31)
When 2020 started, many of us looked forward to a new decade of plans, hopes, and dreams, with a fresh perspective on what was to come.
But within a few months, a pandemic struck our communities, without any prior warning. Hardships and struggles presented themselves in our lives in many different forms: seeing our loved ones become sick, experiencing financial difficulty, being isolated away from others in quarantine.
We can acknowledge that this new way of living was hard to adapt to. And even now, it’s still difficult. But in the midst of everything, there’s someone we can look towards, and that’s Jesus.
Our Savior surely didn’t have it easy when he was on earth. What did he go through? He could have simply just lived his own life, doing what suited him. But instead, he went out and healed the sick. He worked to feed a multitude of 5,000 people. He humbly served others, caring for them like his own body.
Jesus persevered in his love and sacrifice for us, beyond just his present circumstances. He even took up the cross for sinners, so undeserving of it.
Then even for us, during this difficult time, how can we show surrendering love for one another, just as Christ did?