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15th Week in Ordinary Time

Date: 
Mon, 07/17/2017
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

(Matthew 10:34—11:1)  I sometimes want to explain away today’s gospel….
to somehow soften what seems to be contrary to Jesus Christ as a loving savior, as Prince of Peace.
I want to interpret these words in such a way as to remove the sharp edge,
to do away with the seeming contradiction,
to remove the possibility of being confronted by someone who would use these lines
to dismiss the seriousness of Jesus’ claim upon this world.
I want to come up with some reasonable, logical, rational argument
that will remove the tension, the worry, the concern, and inner unrest
that is triggered when we hear such words come out of Jesus’ mouth.
(You may have even thought to yourself as the gospel was being proclaimed:
‘I wonder how Monsignor is going to explain this today?’)
 
First of all, I am aware of and cautious about trying to define something as mysterious as love.
That’s what this gospel is about, isn’t it?  The power and place of love in the life of a disciple?
At best we can describe our experience of this reality.
 
Second of all, I am quick to recognize that what is finite cannot contain, cannot hold the infinite.
Human love finds its source in divine love.
Any and all attempts of a human being to capture the truth of divine love in words
will always fall short, will always be incomplete, will always need revision.
I do believe, however, in the value of writing down ideas, speculations, understandings
so that others can examine and respond to and enter into dialogue about what this reality truly is.
One musical instrument does not a symphony make.
 
Third, there is nothing new with regards to love.  It has been a human reality from the beginning.
And its divine existence has been and is being revealed in time, in human history.
Love has existed before time and will exist into eternity.
Human understanding and expression and experience can and does evolve.
 
Here, I’ve used up most of my time, and I have only provided background,
as story to introduce a topic which needs contemplation, exploration,
so as to lead to new discoveries about human/divine relationship and human/human relationship.
 
The theological value and the religious experience of love, I believe, are second to none.
Today Jesus brings us to where “the rubber meets the road” so to speak.
As a norm, sooner or later, anyone who embraces the Christian life
will be brought to a crossroads with regards to love.
It will bring us to decisions we don’t want to make, we don’t like to make…
decisions involving loss and gain:  the choice between two goods when only one can be had.
(You know:  you can’t have your cake and eat it too.)
There are many good things in this world: life, beauty, truth, freedom, fulfillment…many material goods.
But there is only one eternal good:  that is God.
The good of this world is temporary.  God’s good is eternal.
Sometimes, by Christian necessity, we have to get off the fence, so to speak, and choose between the two.
Do we choose what is finite or what it infinite?
Do we make peace, find our peace committing to what is temporary or committing to what is eternal?
Can we let go of temporary satisfaction and reward
and entrust ourselves to the promise of eternal satisfaction?
 
Today’s prayer:  “O Lord, help me to bear the burden and responsibility of choosing love as the center of my life.  May the love, shown to the world by Jesus Your Son, be the light that guides my heart and motivates me to overcome the distance between us.  Amen!”