Engaging the Word: 05/10/2015
It seems to be a particular trait of human beings that we struggle to find meaning, to make sense of things. Certainly we have instincts, but they do not absolutely govern us; we choose to follow them or not. We are always seeking the logic of things so we can decide how to respond to the circumstance in which we find ourselves. We look for the power behind the world we experience. Is the power fire? Is the power lightening and thunder? Is the power the sea? Is the power contained in and revealed by statuary of human construction? Is the power in in the dominant or eloquent among us? There was something about Peter that caught the attention of Cornelius, something about Peter that prompted Cornelius to fall down at his feet and pay Peter homage. I would suggest that it was he joy of the Gospel present in Peter that caught his eye and caused Cornelius to see Peter as the power. Peter’s humble response that he was not the power, however, revealed the truth, put things in perspective so that Cornelius too could receive the Good News. At once the Spirit was released.
When we live the joy of the Gospel we attract attention. When we humbly share the Good News, its power captivates those who receive it, and the Spirit makes a home among the body of Christ, enabling a new song to be sung to the Lord.
So what is the Good News? The Good News is that God is love and that we are created in the image of God and endowed with freedom so that we too are capable of true love. Central to this Good News is the recognition of our freedom. Only in knowing our freedom can we choose to abandon selfishness and ingratitude, our failures to love, and then turn to receive and share the love of God.
We are made by Love and for Love. Only in loving and remaining in love will our joy be complete.
1st Reading: Acts 10: 25-26, 34-35, 44-48 ~ Responsorial: Psalms 98: 1-4
2nd Reading: 1 John 4: 7-10 ~ Gospel: John 15: 9-17
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