Monday of the 27th Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial of our Lady of the Rosary
October 7, 2019
Jonah 2:3-5, 8
USCCB Podcast of the Readings:
I give you a new commandment:
love one another as I have loved you – Jn 13:34
All of us were created and destined to love God and love others in God’s Love. There is no other purpose for man in this World. The Scriptures and the church teachings repeat the message of God’s love again and again in different context. God’s love is the central message of the Scriptures , Commandments and the Beatitudes. A follower of Christ is suppose to know God and love him and pass on his love to others.
Today’s readings reveal the same message of God’s love. Jonah who was running away from the proclamation of God’s love to the Sinners of Nineveh is brought back miraculously and with great suffering and death threatening experience . The book of Jonah teaches us that sufferings , death threats, non comfort zones of our life are not obstacles of life but are activities which direct us to do the love of God on this earth. The Priest and Levite in the Gospel also run away from the love of God but a Samaritan who was not from the chosen generation or one who is not saved ,in today’s context the person who is not a follower of Christ or a person who is not born again or a person who is not renewed or a person who is not Baptized , shows the love of God in action by helping the wounded man.
The message is simple in the readings , to follow God we need not be superficial beings but in our own limitations we can do the will of God. The theology of loving God and loving our neighbor is one and the same. All humans are made in the likeness and image of God’s love, if we deny or reject or call names or bias to any humans on this earth, we reject God himself on this earth. The real love of God is tested trough the love of Neighbor. If someone says he loves God and dislikes or does not forgive his brother is a liar or a hypocrite. Jesus hated these category of people. Jesus used very harsh words against them.
A Christian is a Priest , King , and a Prophet . These three fold ministry makes us fully Christian if we are sensitive in all the three areas of our calling.
A prophet is a messenger sent by God, a person who speaks for God. He or she witnesses to God, calls people to conversion, and may also foretell the future. Prophets often are killed for their message.
A priest is a mediator, or bridge, between God and human beings. He offers sacrifice to God on behalf of all. Once a year on the Day of Atonement the Jewish high priest went into the Holy of Holies in the Temple. There he offered sacrifice to God to make up for his sins and the sins of the people.
A king is a person who has supreme authority over a territory. When the Jewish people were ruled by kings, they became a nation. They longed for a Messiah who would again make them great.
We as Christians Exercise our three fold calling as Prophets to proclaim and Witness to the Love of God , as Priest to sacrifice our lives and intercede for others, as Kings exercise our Messianic authority of a servant King like Jesus did on this Earth.
If we do not fulfill our Christian duty then by virtue we are not Christians or ambassadors of God’s love like Jonah who runs away from his calling , a priest in the Gospel runs away from his loving care and intercession to the wounded and needy, Levite who is suppose to exercise authority of Servant king by helping the wounded and the guide the poor .
If we run away from our Christian Calling , various turmoils. sufferings, and u turns come in our life . These signs are not to destroy us but to lead us to our goal of life which is to love God and pass on that love to our Neighbors.