Friday of 3rd Week of Lent A

What Does It Mean to Love God?

Joke: A pastor was speaking to a Sunday school class about the things money can’t buy. “It can’t buy laughter and it can’t buy love” he told them. Driving his point home he said, “What would you do if I offered you $1000 not to love your mother and father?” Stunned silence ensued. Finally a small voice queried, “How much would you give me not to love my big sister?”

What does it mean love? Can we love God without loving others? Why are there two lines on the cross? Can it be called a cross when there is only one line either vertical line or horizontal one? Why does Jesus choose to die on the cross? Can he choose to die other way? Why does he choose to die that way?

One of the scribes, those who understand the laws and teach the laws, came and asked Jesus reported in today’s Gospel saying, “Which is the first of all the commandments?” To this question, Jesus responded that to love the Lord our God with all our soul, mind, and strength and to love our neighbors as ourselves. There is no other commandment greater than these. These two great commandments imprinted on the two lines of the cross, to love God is revealed on the vertical line, and to love our neighbor as ourselves is revealed on the horizontal line. Jesus Christ died in the middle of the cross to reveal these two realities to invite us to reconcile with God on the vertical line and to reconcile with one another on that horizontal line. As God himself, he can choose to die another way, but no matter which way he chooses to die for the sake of our salvation, he would die in such a way to show us the way to reconcile with God and to reconcile with one another. The perfect reconciliation with God and with one another is revealed on the cross that only through him, in him, and for him that we can find a perfect reconciliation with God and with one another. Have you and I ever had problem to reconcile with God or with one another in this walk of life? If yes, how would you and I reconcile with God and with one another in this walk of life? Would you and I be able to reconcile with God and with one another without Christ? Would we be able to love God without loving one another whom we can experience with our fives senses? Decision is yours.

 

Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen


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