Jesus reduced everything to love for God and our brothers and sisters. Love isn’t a feeling but a free act that always and at all costs decides to seek the good of the one we love. Love isn’t an obligation but a necessity for life.
Both the commandment to love God and the commandment to love one’s neighbor appear in the Gospel text with an imperative verb: “You shall love.” Jesus doesn’t say: “love” in the present tense but “you shall love” in the future tense.
Love opens an infinite history. It is the door to the future. Those who do not love have no future since love is the future of the world. Only love justifies and gives meaning to our existence. As St. John of the Cross teaches: “After all, this love is the end for which we were created.”
Silvio José Báez, O.C.D.
Auxiliary Bishop of Managua
Homily, 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
31 October 2021
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