I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Reflection for Sunday October 26, Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time; Matthew 22:34-40

Gospel: Matthew 22:34-40
When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and  one of them, a scholar of the law tested him by asking, "Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?" He said to him, "You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments."
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How deep is God’s love for us? We will never know because God’s love for us is infinite. As a testament of God’s infinite love He even gave His only begotten son so that we could be freed from the curse of original sin.

How deep is our love for God? Is it enough to express our love for God by fulfilling our Sunday obligation? Certainly not for God requires that our love for Him should translate to our love for our neighbor. Therefore if we say we love God we also should learn to love our neighbor no matter how unlovable this neighbor.

Who is our neighbor? Our neighbor could be a relative, a friend, a literal neighbor or a complete stranger who needs our help. The big question here is what if this neighbor is unlovable or what if this neighbor is not good to us? Should we still give our love to this neighbor?  

Yes of course for we cannot separate our love for God with our love for our neighbor. If we say that we love God yet we don’t love our neighbor because they are not good to us, then how could this love of God that we profess be true?    

Therefore to love God is to unconditionally love our neighbor no matter if this neighbor has deeply hurt us. To love God is to forgive a spouse who is asking for a second chance, to love God is to forgive a friend who betrayed us and to love God is to help a stranger in need.

Do we truly love God? - Marino J. Dasmarinas

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