Thirteenth Sunday 2017
Can you really love someone only a little? Do you think Jesus is jealous (in today’s Gospel) when he speaks of those who love someone else more than they love him? Of course, the answer to both questions is: no! You either love someone or you don’t and love isn’t measured out to different people, loving some more and some less, each is loved in his or her own uniqueness.
The Gospel is about radical love awaiting a radical response. Jesus loves us to death. His love is not measured and is given for everyone. When we are convinced by his love, we will return it, without measure and offering it to everyone. Everyone will be like mother or father or son or daughter. No one will be unimportant or unnoticed.
Each of our actions of hospitality, service and solidarity reflect the Lord’s love for us. That is the” living for God in Christ Jesus” that Paul refers to in his letter to the Romans. It is recognizing the holiness of each person as loved by the Lord just as the woman of influence recognized Elisha in the first reading. When we live this way, we are truly blessed.
Fr. Joseph Jablonski, MSC