To love someone else, to respect people, to see the good in others, to do any of these really altuistic acts requires the ability to go out of oneself. Is it really love, when it is based only on the fact that it makes us feel good? Can we really love someone else, respect someone else, see the good in someone else, if we don’t already have these same feelings for ourselves?The trouble is, oftentimes, we look at ourselves and don’t like what we see. Unfortunately, we see ourselves as we really are, uncharitable, selfish, too wrapped up in our own concerns. We, and only we, know the depths that we can and have sunk. We see ourselves for what we really are, and… we look away, in disgust. Dismayed that we are what we are.

All mankind has this same problem, this same outlook on themselves. And yet, we take this embodiment of sorrow, of sadness, and we strive to love. In and of ourselves, we are unable to love. For we see what we bring to the table and realize that we have nothing at all to give.

In His loving mercy, Christ comes to us. He saw us on the cross as we are today, and He loves us!! He saw what we are capable of, and yet, He still loves us. He has given us the example, “Love one another, as I have loved you.” These are not just words, they are a call to action. It is a guide book for living in this world. Christ emptied Himself on the cross, because He loves us. Christ loves us! You! Me! He saw in us something so wonderful, so precious that He died for us. His death made us noble. His death gave us wonderful life. Yes we still have our moments, we can sink to the depths, we can still be ashamed of how low we can sink. But it is precisely at those moments, when we can look to Christ and see the love that He has for us. We can see that He still considers us wonderful. We fail, but we get up. We stumble, but we recover.

All mankind has this same wondrous malady. It is through Christ that we can love one another. Each person that we meet in our world has their share of problems. Each person feels the same shame that we have. “How low can I go?” we wonder to ourselves, at our own failures. But we cannot and should not focus on these failures, both for ourselves and the people in our world. All of us are struggling to make sense of our lives. Christ has loved us, with no limit. He saw each of us and deemed us worthy of love. He died for us. Because of His love for us, we can look at our fellow man, and say “You are worthy of love. Christ has loved us from all eternity. Let us love one another.”