October 29, 2017, 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Proper 25)
Theme: “The Family of God: Loving Him With All We Are”
Homily by Fr. Erel Villanueva
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
Matthew 22: 34-46
1. “The greatest commandment of God is Love”
- As Christians, loving God should be our priority.
1 John 4:7 – Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
2. “To Love God is also to love other people.”
– How we love others is an expression of our love for God.
1 Corinthians 13:1-8
The Greatest Gift
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.
“If you want to know love, know Christ.
1 John 4:16 – “If we have known and believe”