30th Sunday of Year A
QPosted on: Tue Dec 11, 2012
6Duration: 11:04 mins
"Against this background, what is so unique about Christianity, also prefigured in Judaism, can perhaps be seen more clearly. St John proclaims that God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. God, in other words, loved us first while we were yet sinners. Notice also the characteristics of the love God has for us. In today's first reading, God does not think of the evil done to strangers, to widows and orphans merely as contravening some rational system of justice. God's justice is personal, arising from God's love, so that harm done to other persons is like harm done to the sons and daughters of God Himself. 'If ever you wrong them and they cry out to me, I will surely hear their cry.' God is not therefore cold, distant and uninvolved. God is like a consuming fire. Indeed the great Christian symbol of the love of God is that of the Sacred Heart: the heart of Jesus Christ exposed encircled with thorns and aflame with divine love."
Readings: Gospel - Matthew 22: 34-40 - "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."
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