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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Thursday of the 9 th Week of Ordinary Time Download This Homily

Tobit 6:10-11 ; 7:1, 9-17;

 8:4-9; Psalm 128:1-5;

Gospel MK 12:28-34


One of the scribes came to Jesus and asked him,
"Which is the first of all the commandments?"
Jesus replied, "The first is this:
Hear, O Israel! 
The Lord our God is Lord alone!
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul, with all your mind, 
and with all your strength.
The second is this:
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
There is no other commandment greater than these."
The scribe said to him, "Well said, teacher.
You are right in saying,
He is One and there is no other than he.
And to love him with all your heart,
with all your understanding,
with all your strength,
and to love your neighbor as yourself
is worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices."
And when Jesus saw that he answered with understanding,
he said to him, "You are not far from the Kingdom of God."
And no one dared to ask him any more questions.


 Love as He Loves


It is not due to the lack of knowledge that people often fail to do what is right. Knowledge is not power until it is put into use. This is the message that Jesus wanted to convey to the learned scribe who approached him asking which commandment is the first of all. The Pharisees prided themselves in the knowledge of the law and their ritual requirements. They made it a life-time practice to study the 613 precepts of the Old Testament along with the numerous rabbinic commentaries. Jesus did not perceive any evil intend in the person who asked him to appraise commandments. He considered this request genuine and therefore deserved a straightforward answer with due explanation. Jesus surprised his listeners with his profound simplicity and mastery of the law of God and its purpose. Delving deep into the ocean of the Old Testament’s commandments, laws and regulations Jesus emerged and exposed love as the foundation of every valid law. All laws should emerge out of and lead towards love in order to be valid and authentic. Unfortunately, this is not the case in most instances. Most of our laws are emerging out of, and intended to promote and perpetrate fear. Therefore they are radically defective and dangerous. Genuine disciples of Jesus should not be governed by fear but love and compassion of God.


What God wants from us is to love as he loves. St John makes this very clear, “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love” (1Jn 4:8). God is love and everything he does flows from his love for us. God loved us first (1Jn 4:19) and our love for him is a response to his exceeding grace and kindness towards us. The love of God comes first and the love of neighbor is firmly grounded in the love of God. The more we know of God the more we love him and the more we love him the greater will be our love and concern for our fellow beings. St Paul says, “Hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us” (Rom 5:5).


Dr. Kurian Perumpallikunnel CMI

 


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