A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC
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February 2, 2019
Many times in life people bring us news or present to us a foreign idea and our reaction is to meet the news in a defensive way. Or perhaps we are presented with a new way of thinking or doing something and we would rather just continue doing things the way we have always done them. Have you ever brought news of change to someone only to have them reject it or react negatively to it and think to yourself; Don’t kill me, I am only the messenger
We might imagine that Jesus encountered that often in his ministry, for Jesus was teaching radical changes in regard to loving one another, turning the other cheek, praying for our enemies, socializing with the poor and even the tax collectors. He was teaching a new law and many were enraged by his message. In the end, the people did “kill the messenger” for they were challenged in hearing the message to love as God loves and to share that same love with all of God’s people.
When I first read the Scripture for this weekend I wondered what the connection was between St. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians in the Second Reading with what Luke’s Gospel shared in regard to what Jesus experienced as the people rose up in anger and attempted to drive him out of town. WhyBecause he was teaching something they did not want to accept.
Jesus was challenging them, beyond their comfort zone, to look at life in a new and different way – with complete love. So the Scripture does connect!
The love that Jesus was preaching was not a romantic love or a puppy love. It was true love, a real love, a love born of God and modeled to us in the Blessed Trinity.
Love is difficult for it challenges us to be the best version of ourselves; to be all that God intended we be when he created us in his own image. And we are called to even more; we are to offer that love to others that they too, might come to understand love.
Take time this week to read St. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians 13.4-7 that begins, “Love is . . .” Then read it again and insert your first name in the place of the word love (or “it” as it refers to love). It will become for you a vivid example of how you can be your best self, how you can love the way Jesus intended us to love. This exercise is sure to touch you in a good way, even though it may also challenge you. Enjoy and learn from the experience!