Friday of 20th Week of Ordinary C

Love Sums Up of All Laws

 A scholar of the law tested Jesus and asked him, “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” To him, Jesus responded saying, “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.” To love the Lord with all our heart, with all our soul and with all our mind means to love the Lord with our whole being. Our whole being will be decayed if we lose the breaths that we breathe. To love our neighbor as to love ourselves is to love our neighbor as we love the breath that we breathe every moment of our life. The question is: How would we love the Lord and love our neighbor with every breath that we breathe?

Someone imagines this following story: On the way to come to the promised-land, Abraham put up a tent for a temporary stay. One day, he saw a homeless asking for help. He felt sorry for the man and invited him to his tent and prepared a delicious meal for him. Before they began to eat, Abraham invited the homeless to say grace before the meal. The homeless refused to thank God for the meal. He got mad and began to talk bad about God because God didn’t take care of him of all these years without a place for shelter. Abraham got so upset that he let the homeless go and didn’t allow him to feast the meal he prepared. That night, when Abraham prayed, he heard the voice of God saying to him, “Abraham, do you know that homeless man? He talked bad about me for fifty years now, but I still fed him every day. But you, you couldn’t even feed him for just a meal, could you?

Abraham couldn’t breathe the same breath that homeless breathed. The breath that homeless breathed might be uncleaned, but he survived because he breathed the same air that Abraham breathed. He didn’t recognize the owner of that air and so Abraham. When a couple loves each other, they often breathe into each other the same air that they breathe to nurture their love for each other. Perhaps, to love God with all our being and to love our neighbor as ourselves, we are invited to breathe the same air with our neighbor and even with our enemies. To love God with all our being and to love our neighbor as ourselves, we are also invited to share that breath with others, especially the ones that we cannot even stand nor communicate. The decision if yours.

 

Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen


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