Tuesday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial Feasts: Saint Bede the Venerable (c.673-+735), Priest and Doctor of the Church, Patron Saint of English Writers and Historians, and Saint Gregory VII, Pope (1020-+1085) Patron Saint of Musicians and Teachers, and Saint Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi, Virgin (1566-1607) Patron Saint of Bodily Ills and Sexual Temptations
Book of Sirach 35:1-12, Psalm 50:5-6, 7-8, 14, 23, & Mark 10:28-31
Love is, among other things, a union of two individuals in such a manner that the two do become one, or at least move steadily in that direction. One aspect of living such love is that each of the “lovers” must empty themself and surrender completely to the other, or else the other can never fulfill them. This course turns “mine,” “me,” and “you” into “ours” and “us.”
God began His love for us by calling us forth from “a formless wasteland” (Gen. 1:2). His great desire was the gift of Himself. God continued by emptying Himself of His Son and even the Holy Spirit whom His Son, our Lord Jesus, gives to us as an Advocate. The beauty of all of this is complex for us to imagine genuinely.
As for our part in all of this, Jesus calls us, in today’s Gospel of Saint Mark, to abandon our limited and earthly ties and attempt to turn absolutely everything over to the Father. We must turn over all the bad and good in our lives. As a result of this, that is the nature of God’s love for us, we receive father, mother, and all the rest, back at least a hundredfold.
Then, we no longer merely hold what we possess as individuals, but we constantly receive them again and again in our exchange of love with God. We, too, then keep all as brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, in common. This open-ended possession will only become evident in the fullness of the Kingdom, but for now, we can at least get a hint of this love and begin to live it in freedom for all.
Question of the Day: How will you return the love Jesus has for you and pass that love onto others?
Prayer: Lord, give me the strength to sacrifice everything for You so that in doing so, I may become worthy of You and to all I meet in my lifetime. Amen.