It is 19th August 2016. We celebrate the memorial of St. John Eudes, the Priest. The readings are from Ezekiel 37:1-4; and the Gospel from Matthew 22:34-40. The first reading speaks of the vision of Ezekiel. God wants to renew the lives of Israel by breathing God’s Spirit into them. The out-pouring of the Spirit is inevitable for the holiness and integrity of every believer. It is the Spirit of God makes one to be alive spiritually. God wants to breathe into our dead and dried spiritual lives. “I shall put my spirit in you, and you will live, and I shall resettle you on your own soil; and you will know that I, the Lord, have said and done this.” (Ez.37:4). The responsorial Psalm praises God. “O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His love has no end.” (Ps.106:1). The Gospel clarifies what is the most important and the greatest commandment. Out of all 613 commandments, obeying and loving God along with loving others stand out superiorly on high. Love is the basis for all of them. Love grows with faith and hope. We will not find it hard to obey when we truly love God and the others. The commandments are meaningful in so far as there is love of God and of other human beings. “You must 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 resembles it: You must love your neighbour as yourself.” (Mt. 22:37, 38). Disordered love and pride is the seat of all sins. God is faithful in loving us. Are we able to honour God’s love in loving others? May you have a good day.

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