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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

November 5, A.D. 2006

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Deuteronomy 6:2-6
Psalm 18:2-3, 3-4, 47, 51
Hebrews 7:23-28
Mark 12:28b-34

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

This Sundayís readings are all about love. Theyíre so familiar that weíre in great danger of not listening to what Jesus is really saying. So letís ďdig inĒ to find something in them that we havenít understood before. Our new Pope, Benedict XVI, has recently done that for us in his very first Encyclical, God is Love. In it, he tells us that love is basically a journey that combines two kinds of loveópossessive love (eros) and giving love (agape). Many people consider divine love and human love to be miles apart, both in their nature and in their practice. Thatís because we identify divine love with spirit and human love with flesh. We think of one as very objective and disciplined, and the other as warm and passionate. The Pope tells us not to separate them that way. The Old Testament is full of references to Godís love for Israel as warm and passionate. Godís creative love is full of mystery and power, but Godís love for people is similar to human loveÖtherefore perfect love includes both possessive love and giving love.

Isnít that awesome! Love is a journey in which we gradually progress from imperfect love (loving God without loving our neighbor, or loving our neighbor without loving God), to perfect love which includes both. As the Pope says, we canít always be giving of ourselves to others. We have to ďfill upĒ on Godís love through prayer, as well as allowing other people to love us.

Thatís why Jesus insists that there are two great commandments, and not just one.

If we exclude either one of them, we will not be complete human persons as God intends us to be. This wonderful work of Pope Benedict has given me insights I did not have before. And I know I have some ways to go yet on loveís journey.

Msgr. Paul Whitmore
(pwhitmore29 at yahoo dot com)

November 5, 2006

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

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