Wednesday of the 31st Week
Is anyone else having trouble with the switch in time with the Daylight Savings time? I wake up six days a week at 4:45, and on Sunday, I was looking forward to the extra hour of sleep. I woke up at 3:45 wide awake. On Monday, my day off, I woke up at 6:00, I normally would of woken up at 7:00 am. Tuesday morning was the worst with me again waking up at 3:45 and not being able to fall back asleep. I need for my whole system to have a radical change. Our readings are also calling for us to make a radical change.
In our first reading, St. Paul reminds us there is one thing we are called to do, and that is to love one another. St. Paul is encouraging us to love in a radical new way, like we may have never before!
We need to hear our Gospel today in light of the whole Gospel message that Jesus spoke, which is, “We are to love the Lord our God with our whole heart and to love our neighbor as ourselves.” In our Gospel today, Jesus says, “We are to hate our father, mother, spouse, brother, and sister and our very lives. The word “hate” in this context is not the anger that wells up inside us, and we explode. Rather, hate in this context means to distant oneself away from whatever leads one to sin. Jesus is saying to hate another is not about rejecting another but to reorder our relationships! There can be no relationship above our relationship with Jesus Christ. If we truly loved God as we should, then our relationship with our spouse, our children, our friends, and our loved ones will be radically different.
How will love of God dominate our lives this day? The Eucharist we share is given to us to know of the radical love that God has for us. May we be willing to love others in a radical way!