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Thursday, January 31, 2013

4-th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Often, people waste their energy on anger and rudeness.....why not use that energy to foster politeness...honor.. and love?

The fact is, that mutual anger towards each other builds more problems in our life.

In todays gospel, the citizens of Nazareth, "were filled with rage. They got up, drove Jesus out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built".
But Jesus peacefully walked away from them and disappeared into the crowds.

Christ could have answered his enemies with anger and hatred, but He did not. Christ is the "sower of love". He taught us how to love.

Many of our ideas and life plans are wasted because they lack love.

St. Paul writes about this in 1st Corinthians: "If I speak in the tongues of human beings and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal."

Who am I then? Why do I waste my energy? Does this "wasting" teach us what St. Paul states in his letter? Do we have another idea,...a preconceived notion?

St. Thomas says, "love is a thirst for the general good of other people".

A beautiful Japanese proverb says, "one polite word can warm three winters"

This hymn of love allows us to understand our place in the world, because we do not live here alone.....all around us are people who we can interact with in love, loving them.

In Nazareth, Jesus did not give any signs or do miracles because they lacked faith....but He tried to bring them to God thru the prophets.

If we do not offer our love to Jesus Christ ....we are rejecting Him. Our life will have an empty place. ......However, He will still be waiting for us.

We never know.... by whom or... through whom God comes to us to strengthen our faith in Him.
Fr. Thomas

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