If one literalizes the text of John, then, God so loved the world that He gave His Son. His Son was created so that he could die, not live more abundantly. Christ came at the demand of the Father's love for others. Christ wasn't in His Father's thoughts, as Christ was just useful as a means to an end, the "salvation of the world". Christ was abandoned and alone, humilated. This Christ wasn't respected or respectable. He was ignored and rejected, even by His Father....
Christ today would be crucified by the Church, too. He would have been useful, but not meaningful. He was a means to an end. And his life was not to be lived as abundantly, but marginalized because He chose to live differently than the religious thought he should. The Church loves to send out missionaries so they can enlarge their numbers on Church roles and plant churches to impress themselves with success.. No one in the Church really cares or loves Christ, they love their own vision and plan for his life. His life was not seen, except for their own "greater good" purpose...and he died and no one cared.
If the Chruch is to use Christ as a moral model, do they "kill" another in the name of and for the sake of Christ and His Kingdom? Is one individual not valued except for what it can do? Love does not demand. Love does not demean, Love does not devalue. Oh, but I forgot, this one life is considered selfish to think so.
Third Sunday of Advent
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