DAILY HOMILY FROM OUR LADY OF GRACE HERMITAGE Glen Allen, VA
Thursday, June 7, 2018
Jun 7 - Thursday 9th Week in OT
+ Our gospel passage today sums it all up, doesn’t it – LOVE. It’s all about love, isn’t it? It always has been, and always will be. Some scribes come up to Jesus and try to play a game with him: “So, which of all of the hundred commandments of Moses is number one, which comes first!”
And Jesus, immediately quotes the top choice: which really is the top choice: Hear, O Israel! The lord our God is Lord alone! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.” and the second is just like it: in fact it is directly hooked up and connected with it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
That’s it! and it’s “love, actually.” But, not Hollywood love, but a real “Love Story” that actually boggles the mind, in fact, so much, that many people these days don’t even want to hear about it anymore: GOD LOVING CREATION AND PEOPLE INTO EXISTENCE and then REDEEMING THEM when the flunked a test he gave them to determine if they would FREELY love him in return for all his blessings on them.
Yes, loving God FRIST is it! and since the GOD OF LOVE is intimately bound up with all of creation, especially people, he’s present there – we can’t say that we love God, if we don’t love everything that we see, especially people who are journeying with us back to the Father’s house in the heavenly kingdom.
Meaning: we are at home in creation that we will encounter today, we are at home with all the people we will encounter, we are at home with ourselves, therefore, let’s all try really hard to believe these realities and live like we believe in them: LOVING AS CHRIST LOVED US! because Jesus IS GOD’S LOVE in the FLESH!
The first reading exhorts us not to deny him and these teachings, especially about the New Law of Love - which absolutely comes first: because if we do, he will deny us FOREVER – and we just would not want to the see the consequences of that! we just wouldn’t!
“Your ways, O Lord, make known to me; teach me your paths, Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God our Lover and our Savior!”
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