Called to Love

Dear friends: The theme of the liturgy of today is the prophetic call from God given to each individual personally. Through this call God communicates His message of love to all. John tells us that God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son for our sake that we may have life through Him. This is the sacrificial love and a caring love. It is love that enables us to be compassionate, understanding, patient, forgiving and accepting others. Love sustains us with courage, with power to endure and carries us confidently through every challenge. Jeremiah, in today’s first reading, is directed to give a prophetic witness to God, whose saving justice and compassion yearn to steer a wayward, stressed-out people away from impending disaster. Warned about the obstacles he will face, Jeremiah is instructed by God to stand firm. Jesus, as prophet in today’s Gospel, challenges His own people to a new way of living, a new way of seeing things. However, the people while they are expecting the newness through the messiah, reject the very means to reach the wholeness, freedom and peace they have been seeking. They stubbornly resist the prophetic invitation of Jesus. Today this call comes to us through His word, scriptures.

Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas

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