There is a beautiful verse from Paul’s letter to the Romans in the 2nd Reading: “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Rom 5, 8)” This verse gives us another angle to the question: How should we love each other?
When we encounter people who cost us terrible pain, we easily get angry. Our blood pressure rises. Our moods change. We even lose our tempers. And there are even those who agitates or triggers us for no apparent reason: they just do not exude good vibes that complements our own. And when we ask our mentors, they give us this piece of advice: “See Christ in them. Try to see the goodness in them. They also have something good about them.” The answer is correct. But we miss out an aspect.
However, this verse, “While we were STILL sinners, Christ died for us” tells us that THIS is precisely how to Lord loves: while we were still sinners, Christ loved us. That means, WHILE we were still terrible, wild, obnoxious, sinful, uncouth, barbaric, unreasonable, uncontrolled, unrestrained, untamed, rowdy, riotous, undisciplined, out of control (you name it), CHRIST loved us. His love covers not just the “good about us”; it includes even the darkest corner of our whole person. He accepts people, no matter who they are and where they come from.
I believe this is an important point: we just don’t love the good in another, and turn our eyes away from what is bad in them. Or, even deny the possibility that our favorite person could commit a terrible thing. Nonetheless, we are asked love them in their wholeness. Why? Because this is simply how Christ loves.