Posted by: livingscripture | October 23, 2011

Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day 

“The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”

                                                                                             Matthew 22: 40        

How should we live this Word 

The first reading of this Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time speaks of the human temptation to oppress and ill-treat others.  However, God places Himself on the side of the oppressed and listens to their cry for help.  Responding to a question by a Pharisee, Jesus replies that the greatest commandment is to love God with all of oneself and He adds ‘your neighbor as yourself.’  Jesus thus reveals that love is the source of all and love of God is at the basis of fraternal love and the way we treat others.  Thus love is not only a way to guard life and make living together easier, it is the very aim of life itself.  It is the goal to reach, the Trinitarian life of God the Creator, Redeemer, Sanctifier.  This love comes from deep within ourselves and manifests itself in the concreteness of our daily relationships.  It may seem impossible to love this way because of situations of cunning, of evil that truly upset us.  In the face of some cruelties we must gaze upon the Crucified and discover that God has first loved us and that Jesus suffered for us and continues to suffer in our oppressed and persecuted brethren.                                                   

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will let the love that Jesus has for me touch me deeply.  Jesus, Son of the living God, have pity on me!   

Lord Jesus, without You love for everyone is beyond my capacity.  Kindle in me the desire to love You and to give myself generously to the service of others.  Help me to use every circumstance, beautiful or painful, as the place of encounter, the place of gratuitous love and liberation for others and myself. 

The voice of St. Augustine

 

The completion of all our works is love.  This is our aim and we run toward this goal.  When we have reached it, we will find rest.

 

 

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