images.jpgLuke 14:26 (NIV)- “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters–yes, even their own life–such a person cannot be my disciple.”

The holiday of ST. VALENTINE was created in order to remind us that a Christian’s love towards God is not “erotic” but “agape.” In other words, our relationship to God is not in order to “ask and receive” for the sake of our pleasures, but rather, we “ask” God in order to satisfy and/or please HIM.

“Cupid” was the Roman version of the Greek god of desire “Eros.” He in turn was synonymous with the Hindu god “Kama.” It is not coincidental that the Spanish word for bed, or “Cama,” sounds exactly as the Sanskrit “Kama.”

Lord Jesus instructs in Hebrews 13:4, “Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.”

A godly marriage is not based on LUST but on DIVINE LOVE. St. Valentine’s Day was an ecclesial act of protest against eroticism and a reminder to Christians through the witness of Martyrs, that true love is selflessly sacrificial. The type of Love that God demands is that we die to ourselves in full devotion to Him. This is why my wife and I ceased from getting flowers for St. Valentine’s Day many years ago.

We buy flowers for each other as a gift of divine love…an “offering” through which we venerate each other’s worth.

Luke 14:26 NIV- “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters–yes, even their own life–such a person cannot be my disciple.”

jesus+christ+yeshua.jpgIf we “love” (or rather lust) the passing things of this world (house, dog, fishing rods, clothing, shoes, wealth, vacations, wines, sex, position, power, prestige, popularity, family members, friends, etc.) then we cannot LOVE God wholeheartedly.

If we do not at least STRIVE to love God with our whole heart, then we should ask ourselves:

“Am I a true disciple of Christ, or am I a rascal who defiles the Name of “Christian?”