August 23, 2013

The Gospel Today 

Friday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time

Mt. 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.”

Reflection (Sem. Marlon Landicho):

     The Gospel speaks about the greatest commandment of all.  Love God and love one another, nothing more, nothing less.   Loving God should not be limited to loving Him alone.  It is through His grace that this love should be shared with others.  Like in the first reading, Ruth decided to stay with her mother-in-law Naomi even if she can now leave her because her husband was already dead.  Technically, she has no obligation to stay with Naomi base on the tradition yet she opted to stay.

     The experience of loving is not an easy thing to do.  The chance of getting hurt and betrayed by the other is a reality.  Despite all the effort, people can still be hurt.  Like Jesus, he was hurt because of His enormous love for humanity  He gave up Himself to be the sacrificial lamb to save all.

     We are not asked to give up our life on the cross.  Jesus has done it for us.  What we are asked now is to share this salvation that Jesus gave.  Like Ruth, she became selfless when she decided to stay with Naomi.  With the love she had in her heart, Ruth gave herself freely.

    We can always give ourselves freely if we want it to happen.  Loving is not just a feeling.  It is an action, a commitment that one needs to fulfill.   It is not something that needs to be measured.  It is loving and giving ourselves unconditionally to God and to whom God wants us to share this love

    It may not be that easy but God’s grace will always be sufficient for us to love if we ask for the grace from Him to love . . . . in the truest sense of the word “LOVE”.

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