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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Friday of the 20th Week in Ordinary Time Download This Homily

August 23, 2019

Friday of the 20th Week in Ordinary Time 

 

 

Ruth 1: 1, 3-6, 14b-16, 22

Ps 145: 5-6ab, 6c-7, 8-9a, 9bc-10

Mt 22-34-40


 

Gospel Reading

 

When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a scholar of the law, tested him by asking, "Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?" He said to him, "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. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments."

 

Reflection


“Where Love Is God Is”

 

Leo Tolstoy’s short story, “Martin the Shoe Maker or “Where Love is God is” is often told to make people understand where God is. One day as Martin slept he thought he heard the voice of God telling him that He would visit him the next day. The next morning Martin skeptically watched out his window for God. While he was searching for God he saw Stepanitch shoveling away snow. Martin invited him in for a warm drink and they talked for a while. Martin told Stepanitch about Jesus. Stepanitch later left and thanked Martin for the food, both for the soul and body.

 

Martin later saw a young woman outside with a baby not properly dressed for the cold. He invited her in for some food and gave her warmer clothes and money. Martin also told her about Jesus and she thanked him and left. Then he saw a young boy stealing from an older lady. He went outside and settled their argument as he extended love and compassion towards both of them.

That night while Martin wondered why God had not visited him, three figures appeared in his home, the three people he had showed hospitality to that day. They said that when he helped them he was helping God. Martin then realized that God had indeed visited him, and he accepted Him well.

 

In spite of Jesus’ emphatic and unambiguous statement, “whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” many followers of Jesus go in search of God to different pilgrim centres and the so called holy places. Jesus summarized all the commandments of God into one single commandment: "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another”. (John 13:34).

 

At the time of Jesus the Jewish community expressed their love for God through the meticulous following of numerous laws and rituals. The Old Testament concept of God is a strict, demanding, jealous and punishing God. God demands unquestionable obedience and worship. But Jesus presented God as a loving Father. That is why Jesus addressed God as the ‘Father’ in the only prayer he taught his disciples. As God is invisible, the best way to love and serve Him is to love and serve human beings who are created in the image and likeness of God. Hence in practice there is only one commandment, “Love God who is present in the human beings”.

 

Fr Jacob Peenickaparambil CMI  


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