THURSDAY, TWENTY THIRD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
Col 3: 12-17; Ps 150: 1-6; Lk 6: 27-38
LOVE BINDS EVERYTHING IN HARMONY
What makes Christianity distinct from other religions is ‘grace’ – treating others, not as they deserve, but as God wishes them to be treated – with love, kindness and mercy. God in his love embraces the saint and sinner alike. God seeks our highest good and teaches us to seek the greatest good of others. This is the call to holiness we have all received and which is expressed in the first reading of today. We are the chosen race of God. He loves us and calls us to be saints, by clothing ourselves in the character of God; i.e., “in sincere compassion, kindness and humility, gentleness and patience.”
St John of the Cross, the Carmelite mystic, speaking on the ‘union of love’ tell us, the beloved lives in the lover and the lover in the beloved. In the union and transformation of love, each one gives possession of themselves to the other, abandons themselves to the other and exchange themselves for the other. Each of them lives in the other and both are one through the transformation of love. The true lover is content only when all that he is, and all that he is worth and can be worth, and all that he has and can have, are employed in the Beloved.
The call to holiness is a call to love, to live like the Divine Beloved. It is becoming like the Beloved, who loves us. It is a transformation into the lover. True love equalises both parties in love. Jesus became one like us so that we may become divine like him. He lowered himself to the dignity of humanity so that our human dignity may be raised.
He humbled himself so that we may be exalted. When God loves us so much, it is our responsibility also to reciprocate it. That is what St Paul is asking from each of us to “put on love.” Putting on love equals putting on the attitude of Jesus. May our life be a home for Jesus where all that he is, all that he has and all that he desires may flourish. May he live in us in all his richness.
Response: Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
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