7th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A, 19th February 2017

The Lord is Compassion and Love

The Liturgy for this Sunday reveals a deep truth and wisdom. God is not a distant being or an abstract concept. God is Love.  We are invited to become one with that Love through our relationships.

In the First reading from Leviticus, Moses is taught directly by the Lord.  The whole community is called to be holy by letting go of hatred and vengeance. “You must love your neighbour as yourself.”

The Psalm that follows is a beautiful poem that rejoices in the truth that God is compassion and love.

In St Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus expands this teaching to reveal his radical call to go further than the letter of God’s Law.  Jesus wants us to go deeper into our human experience of relationship.  We become more like his Father in heaven when our loving actions go beyond loving our family, our neighbour, and our faith community.  Learning to love like God loves us means reaching out to people whom we don’t like;  people who hurt us or persecute us.

As we continue to read from St Paul’s letter to the Corinthians we are reminded that  being a Christian means being part of a community. We are nothing without our relationship to God and to each other (.

As we enter into prayer this week, let us remember that we are part of a universal expanding community of Love, and let us place at the heart of our prayer, an issue or person with whom we struggle to be compassionate.