Thursday of the 9th week in the ordinary time of the year A

Theme: Love is supreme

The issue of love has played a great role in our lives as humans from the very beginning. Our relationship with God is always guided by the love of God for humanity. We see this from the story of creation, and the redemption of mankind and in all our dealings with God. It is only love that will make Jesus who is God, accept to take the form of a man and live amongst us while he worked for our redemption, while we were still sinners. So, it will not be wrong if one says that love is supreme, because it plays a major role in the wellbeing of humanity. This should help us understand the answer of Jesus to the question of the Scribe in the gospel reading of today. The Scribe wanted to know what is the greatest of the commandments, and Jesus sums it up in love of God and neighbours. Interestingly, all the action of God, in relation to his relationship with humanity is sincerely guided by love.

In view of this, our liturgy today is reminding us about the need for us to emulate God by practicing love of God and our neighbours in our daily lives. There is no better time for us to begin to live out this wonderful admonition in our life than now. We live in a world right now where for so many people love has lost its original meaning and is no longer taken seriously as we ought to do. The type of evil going on in our world today, will be greatly reduced if we all agree to make effort to put the love of God and neighbor into practice in our daily life. When love is supreme in our lives, it begins to guide our words and actions. This will automatically bring the desired change that is needed today in our lives, families and in the world at large.

Dear friends in Christ, it is never too late for us to resolve to embrace this call for love in our lives, let us begin today and make a difference in our world. With this consciousness, we will not intentionally make decisions that will favour us and hurt the generality of the people or an individual. Remember, our model of love, is the love of God for you and me. He is not selective in his show of love. When Jesus went to Calvary, he died for all of us to grant us redemption. When God sends rain, it is not selective, it does not rain for only his friends; but for everyone of us.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, God has shown us what it truly means to love. Let us make effort to emulate him in our daily life and we will be greatly blessed. As we continue to make effort to become true ambassadors for Christ, we the grace of God continue to strengthen us, in the name of the father and of the son and of the holy spirit. Amen. Peace be with you.

Thursday of the 9th week in the ordinary time year A, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp