Beautiful music is as far from misery as one could imagine. Yet, the Christian understanding of the Cross reveals the symphony of angels and saints in the wood and the nails of our Savior. The suffering of Jesus, moreover, is revealed as the ultimate Love Song.
Faith, and discipleship, in Jesus, allows us to sing this song too.
"You know that he was revealed to take away sins,
and in him there is no sin.
No one who remains in him sins;
no one who sins has seen him or known him." 1 John 2:29--3:6
Misery and sin are two drops of the same ocean. No one is miserable who is immersed in the good. No one is miserable with a clear conscience. Some may be stricken with grief in a tragic occurrence, but grief and bone-deep-miserableness are birds of a different feather. Good people suffer disappointment--only sinners, however, suffer habitual, and ontological, misery.
"Sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done wondrous deeds;
His right hand has won victory for him,
his holy arm." Psalm 98:1, 3-6
Bone-deep-miserableness is a choice. It is not a persecution laid upon someone from outside. History, moreover, reveals numerous saints who were joyous in faith, even within a prison. Bone-deep-miserableness is the consequence of idolatry--worship of self-selected 'goods' over the true worship of Goodness Himself.
Newness in Christ is offered every single Sunrise. All we have to do is sing our yes.
"John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and said,
'Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.'
He is the one of whom I said,
‘A man is coming after me who ranks ahead of me
because he existed before me.’" John 1:29-34
Yet, this yes must be sustained by a daily conversion. Conversion, meaning a 180 degree turn from one's sinful past (in bone-deep-miserableness), must be a willful choice to drop the idols and embrace the Lord. Like St. John the Baptist, who was not a miserable man, we must seek for the One who 'ranks' before us.
Pride, habit, lust, and fear have gotten us nothing but misery. It's about time we take the leap of faith and give the Christ an honest try.
It's time we sing another song.
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