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Editorial: Valentines Day belongs not to lovers, but to God

Quezon City (14 February) -- Most lovers or love-struck souls fervently believe that today, Valentines Day, belongs to them. This is a fallacy that has been perpetrated by a self-deluded humanity, and it is time to put a stop to this illusion. For the unvarnished Truth is: Valentines Day belongs only to God. Indeed, all days belong only to God.

Sounds harsh? Perhaps, but who dares challenge the authority of the Creator of the universe and escape due punishment for such irreverence and ignorance?

How long shall we continue to ignore Life's greatest commandment as enunciated by the Old Testament prophets and confirmed and reiterated by the Christ who said: "Love God with all of thy heart, with all of thy soul, and with all of thy mind"? In other words, we are commanded to love God with all of our being and with everything that we have.

For too long, most of us have evaded this greatest commandment in the twisted belief that we could survive as nations and as individuals and prosper outside of God's dominion. But history and recent developments again force us to face the dire consequences of our disobedience.

We thought we could appease God with weekly attendance in religious ceremonies and an occasional lip service to Biblical sayings. But partial obedience, including obedience to the letter but not the spirit of the law, still counts for non-obedience.

Full obedience to the greatest commandment means to love only God and no one and nothing else -- in our heart, in our soul, in our mind -- waking or sleeping. It means total and loving surrender to the Will of God.

And here lies the difficulty for most of us, for we fear this surrender. We fear to lose everything that we have if we abandon ourselves to God.

Yet, we know deep inside that ultimately all things material will be lost -- even as some are forced to face this truth amidst personal, global, economic, climactic, and calamitous misfortunes.

So, what else have we got to lose if we finally surrender in love to the greatest commandment and allow God to rule our lives and world? Who knows, we might yet experience the promise of the Christ: "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you!"

Happy Valentines, God! (PIA/vergaje) [top]

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