Thirtiety Sunday Ordinary Time 2011 Early Thoughts

Scripture readings for this coming Sunday are here

Various reflections are here

It's the greatest commandment-

It's all about love and it's a divine directive  !!

It is also a reminder of how far short I fall from it every day : heck no - on a bad day it's every minute !

Gospel Matthew 22: 34-40

When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees,
they gathered together, and one of them,
a scholar of the law tested him by asking,
"Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?" 

He said to him,
"You shall love the Lord, your God,
with all your heart,
with all your soul,
and with all your mind.

This is the greatest and the first commandment.

The second is like it:
You shall love your neighbour as yourself.
The whole law and the prophets depend on these two comma


Most of us are aware about the 4 types of loves. We use the word “love” to apply to every kind of human attachment, and the Greeks further defined kinds of love:

Storge : affection
Philia: brotherly and sisterly love, friendship
Eros :that’s obvious
Agape: love of God and love of neighbour

                              Andrew Peterson sings about The Four Kinds of Love

Paul wrote, “Love is the fulfilling of the law."

Philia is a mutual fraternal kind of love.

Philadelphia gets its name from this– the city of brotherly and sisterly love. Philia love also extends to pets, animals, places;  love of home,  love of country.

Eros and philia are loves that make us feel good or valued or give us a sense of identity. To a greater of lesser degree they are directed toward satisfying our emotional state, desires and needs. 

The kind of love that Paul and Christ are talking about is agape love and agape love has everything to do with the person who is the object of our love.  

Agape love gives others value: it is unconditional. Rather than seeing another person as an object that will satisfy us, we see the other person as an opportunity to give ourselves.  
This is a beautiful poem that is a metaphor for agape... 

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