June 16, 2017
Jesus said, “if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one of your members than to have your whole body go into Gehenna.” Mt_5:27-32
It’s been a very interesting week in the Scriptures of our Masses.
Sunday Jesus gave us the whole entire Point of our faith:
“For God SO LOVED the WORLD, that . . .”
SO much love – that He saved us over, and over, and over again, as we hear in the stories of the Old Testament.
And He then taught us how to save ourselves – through laws that were carved in stone. Laws that taught us HOW to Love our God and to Love our neighbor. And as hard as we kept trying, we also kept falling to the desires of the flesh: Me first, and if they happened to agree with me, then God and Neighbor.
And when we fell to those desires, we also fell to the consequences of our own lack of love. And in our solitude and pain we pointed back at God and called Him a hateful and vengeant God. Where in reality, God never, ever stopped LOVING us!
You see, it was in the plan all along – because God so LOVED the world. A love so intense that He Himself, that Triune God, became Incarnate, as the Son, in order to teach us, once again – what it takes to be saved.
And Jesus taught!
On Monday Jesus taught us a whole new covenant of love, that we call the Beatitudes. Yes, Love God and Neighbor, but HOW? Through mercy and poverty, through compassion for the hurting and righteousness, through peacemaking and humility. It’s everything that the Old Testament taught, but in a short outline form.
On Tuesday, Jesus taught us the importance of vigilance. Because IF we don’t teach these Truths to our children, if our salt becomes unsalty, then we’ll just end up with a bunch of tasteless sinners who lost their way because they never really knew. They never really understood the consequences of falling to the desires of selfishness; of losing LOVE for the sake of lust; of losing Eternal Life for the sake of temporal pleasure.
On Wednesday, Jesus straight out told us – that everything He was teaching was already written in the Old Testament, in the old Law.
And it’s all about Love.
Love of God and Love of neighbor.
On Thursday He showed us how, when we hate and murder others it hurts us more than the one we thought we were hurting.
And today, the concept of anti-Love extended into marital infidelity, lust and divorce.
When we can recognize that awesome Love of God for us, a love so great “that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him might not perish but might have eternal life,” then we can live these lives of affliction and perplexity, of persecution and beatings, knowing that Jesus is manifest in our own bodies and that, like His, we offer ours to God, all for the sake of LOVE.
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