27th Sunday (Note & Bulletin)

As you may have read in previous bulletins, our Parish Community has decided to sponsor a Refugee family.  Last spring, I remember seeing images of people leaving Syria and Iraq and was left not knowing how to respond.  I thought to myself, the tragedy is too big for anyone to make a difference.  What could I do to make a difference?  And, that other countries and governments could solve the problem.  But then I began thinking that I was responding more as a cynic than as a Christian.  In the face of such barbarism and evil a follower of Christ has only one choice and that is, to love.  As St Francis wrote centuries ago, “Where there is hatred, let me sow love.  Where there is injury, pardon.  Where there is doubt, faith.  Where there is despair, hope.  Where there is darkness, light.  Where there is sadness, joy.”  Our vocation to love is present in this week’s readings.

In this Gospel, we sometimes focus so much on Jesus’ teaching on divorce that we can miss his teaching on what it means to be his brother or sister.  The Lord refers back to the passage from Genesis, which we hear in the First Reading.  Often this passage from Genesis is chosen for weddings.  At weddings, I ask the bride and groom, “What’s the only animal that Adam could not give a name to?”  In Genesis we read that God brought to Adam all the creatures that he had made so that Adam could give them a name.  We read that “the man gave names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the air, and to every animal of the field.”  The bride and groom usually answer my question by saying, “the serpent.”  I respond, “Good answer, but wrong!”  The only creature that Adam could not give a name to was himself.  It was only with the creation of Eve that Adam, that is, the human person, comes to an understanding of who they are.  The Scripture reads, “This at last is bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh.”  Left alone, by himself, the human person could not understand who he or she was.  It was only with the creation of another that our nature, meaning and identity become clear.  That is, that we are made by love and to   love.  This is precisely why a Christian cannot remain silent or still when confronted by darkness and evil.  No matter what, we must love because it is who we are.

While we at Our Lady of Lourdes may not be rich in dollars and cents, we must become rich in mercy and love.  It is with the reception in our hearts of the Father’s love as revealed in Christ that we come to know who we are.  Love can never stay within itself, it must flow outward.  So if we are made by love, than for certain we are made to love as well.  They go hand in hand.  In the Letter to the Hebrews, the author says that the Lord calls us his brothers and sisters.  I thing that we grow closer to this gift of being Christ’s brothers and sisters when we choose to love no matter the cost.  This week’s Readings offer us profound truth —we know who we are and who we are becoming.  That we are made by love and we are made to love.

God Bless and Take Care

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