Pastors Desk: Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time / A

Posted 28th October 2017 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 29th October 2017 - Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time / A

commandments1Once again, the Pharisees question Jesus in the hope that he will say something they can use against him. They ask which is the greatest commandment of the law. Jesus tells them that the greatest and first commandment is to ‘Love the Lord your God’. We should place God’s will ahead of ours, seek the Lord’s will in all things and make him paramount in our lives. The second is to ‘Love your neighbour’. God’s will is that we should love everyone, seeing him in our neighbour. These two commandments are key to understanding all others.

These two commandments are intrinsically linked. To claim that we love Jesus but not to love our neighbour is not love. To love means that we must make it evident to others. Early each evening under the portico of the G.P.O. on O’Connell Street volunteers gather to distribute hot food and sandwiches to anyone who comes seeking it. While it is amazing to see this example of ‘Agape’ or unconditional love it’s also sad to think that so many are homeless and in need of food in Dublin 2017. This is a very visible and real example of love of God and neighbour in action in our midst. But we must not leave it to others because we are challenged to live out these two important commandments daily and not from time to time when it suits us better.

‘Let us love our enemies, bless those who curse us, pray for those who persecute us. For love will conquer and will endure for all eternity and happy are those who live and die in God’s love.’ (Franz Jagerstatter)

Fr Gerry