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30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

October 29, 2017

LOVE + FORGIVENESS = COMMUNION

Over the years, one of top searches in Google, if not the top depending on the year, is “What is love?”  In fact, throughout all of human existence, Love is undoubtedly the single most thought about topic of all time.  Though it is at the heart of our being and essential to the greatest commandment, this idea – noun – verb – seems to cause us the greatest difficulty.

Think for just a moment:  how would you answer the question:  What is love?

A few years ago, The Guardian took on this question from various perspectives.

Some explain love as a neurological condition or a survival tool used for safety and security.  It can be blind, one-sided, tragic, misguided, fickle and unconditional – though not usually all at once.

In a sense, love depends on you.  If you are secure in love – it can seem as easy as breathing.  If you are deprived of love, it can literally become a physical pain.

I think love is subtle and very personal.  You cannot just define it or explain it – you can only really experience it.  For most, love is most easily described in the embodiment of another – a person, a pet, a God.

Thus, it seems impossible to love God and not love your neighbor; and when considered that way – to love your neighbor is to love God, because love after all is God, and God is love – not as a noun, so much as a verb.

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29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

October 28, 2017

RELIGION’S ROLE

The question of belonging is also present in our first and second readings.  Cyrus, whom Isaiah describes as anointed in our first reading, was the King of Persia.  Though he was not an Israelite, he was an “agent of the Lord” and permitted Israel to return to Jerusalem and rebuild their temple.  He was a pagan, but also anointed.  He did not know God, but was called by God.

And so we ask ourselves, in what category did Cyrus belong?  The answer is both;  as do we.

The reality is that everything belongs.  We live according to both Caeser and God for we must live in a world governed by laws of human making and those of God, but we keep trying to choose one or put them in competition with each other.