October 29, 2017
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
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 (Mr. Miguel Josemaria C. Valeroso)
That feeling and conviction of security, of contentment despite the many difficulties of life, of being accepted unconditionally by another for who you are, and of having someone waiting for you whatever happens, that is probably an experience of love. God knows the deepest longing of all men is to be loved and to love.
In the Gospel, the Lord talks of the two greatest commandments, which the whole Christian law depends on, and which can be summarized into one: love. “This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35) Thus, to be a Christian, a true follower of Christ, is to be a lover.
You know I am telling the truth when I tell you that to love is to look at what we will fight or strive for and not so much of looking at what are the things that have to be given up. Love is a sacrifice and is necessarily difficult. It involves taking a hold on ourselves and giving it up to another.
St. Augustine of Hippo, one of the greatest lovers, said, “Love and do whatever you want.” Love, if it is true and ordered, cannot go wrong. If love is the basis for all subsequent decisions and actions we will make, then we can be sure that we are one the right track to happiness, to the good of ourselves and others, to Heaven, to God.
What a bold statement to make! It is so bold and daring that it is irresistible not to at least try. This boldness, this daring, is necessary to love a person. The Lord asks us, can you drink of the cup that I am about to drink? And like the beloved disciples we dare to say, Possumus! Yes we can, Lord! Then go ahead and love!