Posted by: livingscripture | September 4, 2011

Twenty Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day 

The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; you shall not kill; you shall not steal; you shall not covet,” and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

                      Romans 13: 8-10                                                                

How should we live this Word 

Joyfully we re-commence our journey in the light of the Word.  We begin with a passage from the second reading of today’s Liturgy where we find the core of a life that is fully human and truly Christian.  The synthesis of all is the commandment to love our neighbor.  “Love is the fulfillment of the law” promulgated byMoseson Sinai.  It means never doing evil to anyone but rather seeking the good of the other regardless of ethnicity, nationality, or language.  It means fostering growth with the power of the fundamental and pure energy of love which reveals itself as the Christian’s most beautiful adventure. 

We may be surprised at first thatPaulidentifies the synthesis of everything as love of neighbor and not love of God. Paultakes it for granted that the Christian is well persuaded ofJohn’s words, “God is love.  He has first loved us.  Those who love are from God and know God.  Those who do not love dwell in death.”

It is therefore evident that to live the precept of Love necessitates love of God.  By ourselves, we are too conditioned by the prison of our egoism.  The only true freedom comes from on High.  It is the very energy of God’s Love asJesustaught us by His entire life and that makes it possible for us to love our neighbor.  Love gives joy but it exacts attention to others, the effort to understand others, the commitment to know their positive qualities and promote them.  One must go out of the shell of egoism, even at the cost of discomfort.                                                   

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on the need of my conversion from a formal and ritual piety to an authentic and vibrant Christianity.

Lord, thank you for helping me understand that being a Christian requires daily conversion to love.  Grant me courage, perseverance, and lightheartedness as I live Your commandment.  Let it be my Love song to You!

The voice of Mother Theresa of Calcutta

Love does not live of words nor can it be explained with words.

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