31st Sunday Ordinary Time Year B 2018

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Gospel Reflection for 31st Sunday Ordinary Time, Year B, November 4th 2018


Mark 12:28-34


They brought the child to the font. Three days old and everyone was relieved. She would now be a child of God and go to heaven if she died. What a way to look on God! Rules and regulations taking over from the God of love, the God of the two big commandments. Jesus stresses the commandment to love God, and love the neighbour. It is the one love. All others come from that. We need to say this often to ourselves because we forget it.

We are loved totally from the first innocent moment of life, all through the ups and downs, the sin and loves, the contrariness and everything else of life, and invited into love at the end. We are loved before baptism. Love and only love. We will be judged in life on love. What sort of love do we show when we ban people from communion for something to do with their love life?

It is a love which is based on giving everyone their due, their rights and genuine care. It is the homely and ordinary love in daily life.

St John Paul 2 said that one of the biggest needs of the church of the future is experts in humanity. It is in our humanity, male and female, we find the open door to God. God meets us where we cry and laugh, sing and dance, pray and roar. In anger, in joy – in shared love and friendships when body and soul say love. From this vantage point of love, we live our Christian life.

Donal Neary SJ

Editor of The Sacred Heart Messenger and National Director of The Apostleship of Prayer



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