“Love does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.” (1 Corinthians 13:6)
What we ‘rejoice’ about shows the condition of our heart… and, therefore, our capacity for love.
We are in a ‘get even’ culture. I guess it has always been that way with the human community. When we get even… we feel good.
We are also in a ‘do what works’ culture. This too, I guess, has always been the case. Getting what we ‘want’ or ‘think we ‘need’ is the goal… if we have to lie, cheat, and steal to get it… well… we ‘do what works’.
In order to experience the real extent of love (love for one another, love for the human community, love for God) we have to be courageous enough to let go of these all to common human preoccupations with ‘getting even’ and ‘doing what works’ at all costs.
The life of Jesus was marked by NOT getting even… and NOT doing what works (its why he wound up dead on the cross). In the process Jesus was able to show that his way was the way of God’s love: teaching, healing, helping, and comforting.
And he asked all people to love this way as well. Christmastime is a great time to turn over a new leaf and try to love more fully and courageously.