This Extravagant Love
Heaven is very interested in earth. The people
who go there do not just wander about
They are concerned about us, they support
us in our struggles and they are always
ways to sustain us in our journey.
loved us when they were on earth, they
us even more when they are in heaven.
One day, the angels, saints and holy
in heaven decided to make a great mission
down on earth. Project Conversion 2000,
they termed it. The objective of this
was to bring everyone to his senses
everyone to the Lord. They drafted
plan, complete with its objectives,
and tactics. And ... off they all went
The angels employed their gifted and
talents, the saints preached moving
and witnessed with their holy life,
souls practiced persuasion and genius....
For many days they went around the
world... from Africa down to the States,
through Europe crossing to the Pacific...
It was a wonderful collective effort.
really, the success was overwhelming!
in their thousands left sin and renewed
love to the Lord. But there were some
who would not listen. Man is always
They were not convinced neither by
manners neither by the bad ... which
saints tried to mobilize! It was decided
that those people who insisted on living
their hell of sin to be put together
a large valley so that God could decide
to do with them.
Meanwhile everyone returned to heaven.
was a lot of excitement and joy. Everyone
was recounting the stories and adventures
they had experienced. What a feast
was in heaven! In order to assess better
their accomplishment, they also looked
into the valley of sinners. All in
number was not considerable. But the
residents were astonished to see, among
recalcitrant sinners, someone acting
Jesus - he even had the crown of thorns
his head and the cross on his shoulders!
Saint Peter was flabbergasted! Such
profanation! Accompanied by two angels,
rushed down from heaven, picked up
and dragged him before the Eternal
The Eternal Father, always full for
asked kindly, "What is wrong,
Peter?" "Just look!"
replied vehemently. "I have never
such arrogance in my whole life. This
a sacrilege , a coarse profanity. This
is masquerading, faking to be Jesus
valley of sinners..."
The Father smiled. He looked at Peter
said, "Peter, in your anger you
not even checked to see who this man
This man is not pretending to be Jesus
He IS Jesus Himself."
These words banged home like a bludgeon!
Peter was speechless. He felt like
from earth or... heaven! Finally, he
to the Master and stammered, "I
mortified, Jesus, but why ...on earth
you go there, the worst place on earth,
valley of sinners?!"
Jesus calmly replied, "The first
I went on earth it was to look for
It will be the same the second time,
third, hundred, thousandth time ...
I shall always return for sinners.
the ones who suffer most and I shall
love them immensely."
If your conscience is troubling you,
do not be afraid.
God is greater than your troubled conscience.
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