Go and Proclaim: “The Commandments of our GOD is for us not against us!”
First Reading: Deuteronomy 34: 1-12
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 1: 1-6
Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 2: 1-8
Gospel Reading: Matthew 22:34-46
Homily by Fr. Romie- Jun Peñalosa
In this Sunday Homily at Saint Michael Kalibo, Fr. Romie-Jun Peñalosa talks about how God loved us through His commandments. The first five books in the Bible known as Torah are full of commandments that God has given the Israelites in order for them to live a life worthy of Him. But in the Gospel, Jesus summarized all these commandments into two: To love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength, and to love our neighbors as ourselves.
The essence of the law is love. He wants us to live with Him, and in order to fulfill that, we should live our lives with holiness. We could attain that by obeying His commands. Holiness is about His love and not perfection. He expects us to love Him wholeheartedly because loving God would bring us to path that leads to Him. Love brings us to God.
Our God is the God who commands us to love Him with all our hearts. To love God is an act of our will. Your heart is where your will is. Love Him through your will, and not with your feelings. Loving God is a decision. Love your God with all your soul. If you can’t love God with your all, you can’t be with Him. Love God with the expense of your life. Loving God is the basis of our love to our neighbor.
Loving our neighbor is a reflection of how we love God. It is difficult yet that is how we’re set to do. Reflect on these commandments. In the last days, we will be judged by only one thing- on how we loved. All of the things that we are doing is rooted on how we love God and our neighbor.
We have sinned in our minds, thoughts, and our actions because we have not loved God with all our hearts, thoughts, and actions, because we have not loved God with all our hearts and we haven’t loved our neighbors as ourselves. Repent from everything that stops us from loving God and our neighbors.
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