to choose to love and to be loved Homily February 16, 2014
says to his disciples: “do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the
Prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill” (Matthew 5,17). Jesus, then,
does not want to eliminate the commandments that the Lord gave through Moses, but
to complete fulfillment.
what does this “complete fulfillment” mean? It is the mysterious relationship between
justice and greater justice: love.
on one hand Jesus repeats and reminds us of some of the commandments:
- “you shall not murder”, even with words.
And that, for example, brings peace to society.
“you shall not commit adultery”, even when we look at others. And that, for
example, brings peace to family.
- “you shall not swear falsely”. We can
never be the witness to a lie.
Jesus invite us to make peace: “so when you are offering your gift at the altar,
if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your
gift there before the altar and go; first reconciled to your brother or sister,
and then come and offer your gift”. Recently
Pope Francis said: “Let us pray for peace, and let us bring it about, starting in
our own homes!” (January 16).
on the other hand, Jesus invites us to “complete fulfillment”, that is, true love.
Love of God and love of our neighbor.
writings of Mother Teresa of Calcutta can help us to realize how to love and share
1. Avoiding Evil
capable of good and evil. Go created us to love and to be loved, so it is our test
from God to choose one path or the other. Any negligence in loving can lead some
to say Yes to evil, and when that happens we have no idea how far it can spread.
That’s the sad part. If someone chooses evil, then an obstacle is set up between
that person and God, and the burdened person cannot see God clearly at all. That`s
why we have to avoid any kind of temptation that will destroy us. We gain the strength
to overcome this from prayer, because if we are close to God we spread joy and love
to everybody around us.
takes possession of someone, that person, in turn, may spread evil to everybody
around him. If we are in contact with such people we must try and help them and
show them that God cares for them. Pray hard to help bring them back to prayer so
that they may once more see God in themselves and then see Him in others. It is
this which will help the person doing bad things because everybody –it doesn’t matter
who– has been created by the same loving hand. We have all been created by the same
2. Doing Good Things
I will read Mother Teresa’s speech:
a man met me on the street. He said: ‘Are you Mother Teresa?’. I said, ‘yes?’ He
said: ‘Please send somebody to my house. My wife is half mental and I am half blind.
But we are longing to hear the loving sound of a human voice’. They were well-to-do
people. They had everything in their home. Yet they were dying of loneliness, dying
to hear a loving voice.
do we know some one like that is not next to our house? Do we know who they are,
where they are? Let us find them and, when we find them, love them. Then when we
love them we will serve them.
God loves the world so much that He gives you, He gives me, to love the world, to
be His love, His compassion. It is such a beautiful thought for us –and a conviction–
that you and I can be that love and compassion.
know who our own poor are? Do we know our neighbor, the poor of our own area? It
is so easy for us to talk and talk about the poor of other places. Very often we
have the suffering, we have the lonely, we have the people –old, unwanted, feeling
miserable– and they are near us and we don’t, even know them. We have no time even
to smile at them.
and cancer [are] not the great diseases. I think a much greater disease is to be
unwanted, unloved. The pain that these people suffer is very difficult to understand,
to penetrate. I think this is what our people all over the world are going through,
in every family, in every home.
suffering is being repeated in every man, woman and child. I think Christ is undergoing
his Passion again. And it is for you and for me to help them –to be Veronica,
to be Simon to
poor people are great people, a very lovable people. They don’t need our pity and
sympathy. They need our understanding love and they need our respect. We need to
tell the poor that they are somebody to us, that they, too, have been created, by
the same loving hand of God, to love and be loved”.
love is always stronger than the evil in the world, so we need to love and to be
for different reason, love can be difficult, but Jesus asks us to love, and we can
times, for different reason, being loved can be difficult, because it is not always
easy to accept the help of my neighbor. But Jesus teaches us, and then we can do
us ask our Lady, Blessed mother of God, to help us to love and to be loved.