Fifth Sunday of Lent

“Before all else, the Gospel invites us to respond to the God of love who saves us, to see God in others and to go forth from ourselves to seek the good of others. Under no circumstance can this invitation be obscured! All of the virtues are at the service of this response of love.” -Pope Francis

FROM YOUR PASTOR

Saint Thomas Aquinas tell us that TRUE LOVE is to Will the GOOD of Another.

Jesus tell us that the two Great Commandments are to LOVE GOD and LOVE OUR NEIGHBOR.

But sometimes that’s really hard…isn’t it!

Is it easier to LOVE what we do not see rather than to LOVE what we do see? Is it easier to LOVE an abstract God than a concrete Neighbor?

The answer to that question can lead us to some enormously STARTLING CONCLUSIONS…about ourselves!

To LOVE God, who we do not see, requires the Virtue of FAITH. Your Faith informs you about God — His LOVE, His GOODNESS, and the fact that He LOVES All That He Created. Why? Because IT IS GOOD — God says so in the account of Creation. He GREATED ALL HUMANKIND TO BE GOOD!

Our Faith also tells us that out of LOVE, God created, redeemed, and sanctifies us…freely, selflessly, and abundantly. It is an unmerited GIFT to you and me.

What should we do with that GIFT? We should say, ‘Thank you.’ How do we do that? We do it by SHARING that GIFT with OTHERS. We share God’s GIFT of LOVE to us WITH OTHERS.

Most naturally, we Share the Gift of LOVE with THOSE WE SEE…family, friends, associates, and neighbors…THOSE WE LIKE TO SEE.

But GOD DEMANDS MORE. He wants us to LOVE THOSE HE LOVES. That includes THOSE WE DO NOT WANT TO SEE — those we envy, those we judge, those we hate, those who hate us, those we judge, those who make us uncomfortable, those we resent, those we ignore, those we do not LOVE for whatever reason…THOSE WHO ARE NOT LIKE US.

They, like you and me, are CREATED BY GOD and, by definition, are GOOD. God LOVES them, HIS CREATION, as much as he LOVES you and me — whether we like it or not.

This is one of the starkest realities in our Mortal Life…a reality for which we will be accountable on the Last Day…a reality that will define our Eternal Life.

THE GOD WE DO NOT SEE IS IN ALL THOSE WE SEE…not just those we Choose To See. To LOVE GOD means TRUE LOVE…FOR ALL…AND THAT IS THE GOSPEL…

+May God Bless You and Keep You+

Very Reverend Ronald W Cattany

Pastor and Rector