Homily :: October 29, 2017
10/29/17: Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
10/29/17: Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Fr Dave Reeson
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10/29/17: Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Fr Pat Nields
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Another controversy this week in the Gospel attempts to trap Jesus. He is asked to identify the greatest commandment of the law. Jesus’ summary of the law points to two commandments, to love God and love neighbor as yourself. Jesus proves his fidelity to the Jewish tradition and “his commitment to a spirituality that emphasizes the essentials.” The Pharisees in this part of the Gospel are attempting to trap Jesus and a scholar of the law, believes this question would trip him up. Apparently, Jesus answers the question with ease.
The selection from Exodus, extends the concept of the justice in the Decalogue to a broader obligation to love one’s neighbor. The example of an alien is used, because a foreigner did not enjoy full civic rights as did the Israelites, however, they were to be treated fairly with justice. The example used calls to mind the exile of Israel and its own uncertain existence in Egypt. The insistence that love and charity are the pinnacle of living the law in this passage strengthens Jesus’ response to the legal scholar’s question in the Gospel.
The selection from First Thessalonians lays out a two part process in their conversion to Christianity: 1) worship and obedience to the living and true God, instead of paganism and false gods and 2) awaiting the arrival of God’s Son from heaven. The mention of Jesus’ resurrection is the first written record of the event in existing Christian literature. It serves the purpose of showing why the historical person of Jesus can be expected to come as God’s Son from heaven, which is because God raised him from among the dead.
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