October 23, 2011
Readings for The Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Ex 22:20-26; 1Thes 1:15:c-10; Mt 22:34-40

 

Today's Gospel again has Jesus being challenged by the Pharisees; however, His response was not one that would have been very difficult for the people of His day to accept. For the first part of the answer He quoted the book of Deuteronomy "You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind." (6:5) All Jewish scholars would have agreed with Jesus that these words are at the heart of the Law of God. What Jesus did that was revolutionary was to combine this quote with a quote from the book of Leviticus, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself. (19:18) and say, "The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.” (Mt
22:40)


If we were asked if we love God, all of us would respond with a resounding YES! This is not a difficult question. It is not difficult to love God. God is perfect and has given us all things. Even if we feel that God has not done right by us we know that the failure is not on the part of God, but our understanding of God's will. St. Augustine says, “Love God and do whatever you please: for the soul trained in love to God will do nothing to offend the One who is Beloved.” This is not as easy as it sounds. People are not perfect, even people we love can annoy us at times. People at times can be rude, mean and obnoxious. They treat us with contempt, they hold grudges towards us, and they plot against our backs. Simply, people are very frustrating! As much as we say that we love God, it is more difficult to love those around us
with all their human weaknesses.


Why do we love people? In his letter St. John puts it the best, "In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. (1 Jn 4:10-11) We love because we have been loved first and if we are going to be like God, we must learn how to love one another. And the love of God is very real and personal. God does not love us from afar. He gave us His only Son who died on a Cross for us and who is present for us in His Body and Blood in the Eucharist at every Mass. We have a God who has given His whole heart, soul and mind for us and who calls us to love others as He has loved us.


If our faith consisted of nothing more than coming to church to thank God for all that we have received, it would be very easy. Yet even when we are at Mass we are called to think of one another. The first thing we do after the homily is to pray for the needs of the world and those in our community who are hurting the most. Before we receive the Eucharist, we turn towards those around us to offer the "sign of peace." This is a prayer where we are not just greeting those around us, but truly saying that we are at peace with everyone; that we hold no animosity with anyone before we approach the altar of God. Finally, we are sent forth from the Mass to share the love that we have received. Blessed Mother Theresa in her book, "Love A Fruit Always in Season" (available in our bookstore), tells the story of a young couple who brought her a substantial sum of money. Surprised she asked where it came from, they responded, "Two days ago we got married, and before marriage we decide we will buy no wedding clothes, we will have no wedding feast. We will give you the money. We love each other so much that we wanted to share the joy of loving with the people you serve, and we experience the joy of loving."


When we recognize how much we really have been loved despite our own brokenness, it is much easier for us to love others. We love, because we have been loved; because God has loved us, and because those around us love us even when we ourselves are obnoxious. One final quote from Blessed Mother Theresa, “Where does love begin? At home...Make your house, your family, another Nazareth where love, peace, joy and unity reign, for love begins at home. You must start there and make your home the center of burning love. You must be the hope of eternal happiness to your wife, your husband, your child, to your grandfather, grandmother, to whoever is connected with you."


Today, let us recommit to not only love God with all our heart, soul and mind, but to truly seek to love one another as we have been loved by God. This is more challenging, but it is in loving others we become true followers of Christ.

 

 

God Bless,
Father John Provenza
Pastor


“ You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your
heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.”
- Matthew

Views: 35

Tags: 23, fr, john, love, mary, matthew, message, october, of, parish, More…pator, sea, star, the, true

Comment

You need to be a member of San Pedro News Pilot to add comments!

Join San Pedro News Pilot

Call (323) 200-9052 to learn more or click here to send an email.

San Pedro Weather

San Pedro News Pilot by email - sign up!

Delivered by FeedBurner

What is the SanPedroNewsPilot.com?

The SanPedroNewsPilot.com is the social network and information outlet for San Pedro.

Want to keep up with the news in San Pedro, become a member.


 

Membership has its privileges!

• Got news you think everyone should know? Blog it.
• Have a show or attending a benefit? Put it on the calendar.
• Got video of the big game? Embed it.
• Photos of the new storefront or the school play? Upload them.

Latest Activity

Stephanie is now a member of San Pedro News Pilot
23 hours ago
Steven Dean Lauria's 2 blog posts were featured
23 hours ago
Susan von Seggern's blog post was featured

Los Angeles Summer of Learning comes to the Harbor Area

Mayor Eric Garcetti, in partnership with Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy, JPMorgan Chase & Co., The California Endowment, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, have launched of the Los Angeles Summer of Learning program, a citywide initiative to keep youth engaged in…See More
23 hours ago
Marlene Bauman's event was featured
Thumbnail

Open Studio Day at Seaside Studios

August 2, 2014 from 10am to 2pm
Join Seaside Studios in San Pedro celebrate their milestone of over 500 "likes" on Facebook while launching their "Empty Bowls Project".No charge to participate.Have fun creating a glazed bowl to be auctioned off later for charity.Addtional bowls are available for purchase to keep.See the inner workings of the studio.Across from the cruise ship terminal and the "dancing water" fountains.See More
23 hours ago
Heather Caine's event was featured
Thumbnail

Free Movie Night - Big Movie Starring Tom Hanks at Downtown San Pedro Harbor Water Cut

August 1, 2014 from 6pm to 8pm
Family Activities: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Movie Showtime: 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. Location: Downtown San Pedro Harbor Water Cut Event Details: Enjoy a free showing of the 1988 movie "Big"Trailer: See More
23 hours ago
People's Place & Palace posted an event
Thumbnail

Swing Peedro - Live 14 Piece Orchestra & Dancing! at People's Palace

August 16, 2014 at 7pm to August 17, 2014 at 12am
People’s PalacePresentsSwing Peedro Saturday August 16,2014 Featuring The Fabulous Esquires Big Band 14 Piece OrchestraDiscover the wonderful Peoples Palace in San Pedro, home of a wide variety of classes and events. Enjoy the spacious and beautiful dance floor, learn some new moves, and dance to one of SoCal's top Swing bands!7:00 pm Free Dance Lesson 8:00 pm Live Music Starts Advance Tickets $15.00 At Door $25.00See More
yesterday
Rollo Hartstrom Jr. posted a photo

Lightning Strike

That was a great storm cell that went through the channel with lots of lightning, thunder, just plane fun to watch.
Tuesday
Profile IconSan Pedro News Pilot via Facebook
Thumbnail

Open Studio Day

sanpedronewspilot.com

Join Seaside Studios in San Pedro celebrate their milestone of over 500 likes on Facebook while launching their Empty Bowls Project .No charge to participat…

FacebookTuesday · Reply

© 2014   Created by San Pedro News Pilot.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service