Fifteenth Sunday of Year “C”
Enough Love to Heal the World
The opposite of love is not hate.
It’s apathy, and it means we go through life: –
- ignoring a need,
- not caring, and
- doing nothing,
when there is something we could do to relieve suffering.
In this Sunday’s Gospel reading, Jesus gives us the Parable of the Good Samaritan to explain that if we love God – with our whole heart, our whole being, our whole strength, and our whole mind, – we would naturally care about other people. And “other people” means those who are strangers, those whom we’re “not supposed to” like, and even when it costs us something personally.
Many of the problems that exist in our world today are allowed to continue because too many of us Christians — we who through Christ have the power to change the world — do not care enough to sacrifice our time and personal agendas to get involved. Much of the suffering that’s endured in our families and workplaces and parishes could be stopped or relieved.
It only needs: –
- enough Christians,
- to love God enough,
- to care about others enough,
to risk the cost of intervening.
How much do you love God?
The answer lies in how much you’re willing to sacrifice for the sake of loving others, which is the definition of love that Jesus taught us – with this parable and with his life.
None of us love God perfectly yet. Purgatory will be a time of painfully regretting our lack of love, while eagerly improving our love for others so we can enter into the fullness of God’s love in heaven. Until then, we have daily opportunities, here and now, to purify our lives less painfully.
Daily we’re given tests to improve how well we love others. Daily, we should ask the Holy Spirit, our teacher, our source of holiness, to help us become more like Christ.
We must ask the Holy Spirit to help us love all others, just as Christ loves them.
Deacon; St. Benet’s Minster