Liturgical Colour : Green
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, on this day all of us heard from the Scripture readings about that one thing which all of us Christians must have in our lives, and yet which in reality, many of us are still lacking them, or are not able to fully appreciate its importance for us. And what is that, brothers and sisters in Christ? What is it that is so important that all of us must have it in us?
It is love, brothers and sisters in Christ, but not the love which we often know it as, or the love which the world promotes to us. We often know love as the romance between man and woman, between a man and someone he loves and wants to have a family with, and vice versa. Alternatively, we know love as the happiness and joy between two people who are deeply attracted to each other. But these kind of love are not the most important, and is merely one form of love.
Instead, love is the giving of oneself to another person, and true love in essence is unconditional and pure in nature, not saddled down by lust, worldly desires or the pleasures of the flesh. All of these distract us from the true nature of love, and it is true love which all of us need to show one another, as Christians, as those who have believed in our Lord Jesus Christ, followed Him and knew His example of love, the perfect love He had shown us from the cross.
Yes, brothers and sisters in Christ, for all of us, the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ is the ultimate symbol and reality of love, the remembrance of the ultimate sacrifice which He had made for all of us, for each and every one of us because of one singular reason, that He loves each of us very much that He was willing to give up His life for us, and suffer grievously for our sake. There is no greater love than this, as He Himself had said.
It is this kind of love that each and every one of us as Christians must have in us, and which we must profess and practice from time to time, throughout our entire lives. We cannot call ourselves as Christians if we do not love or do not show love through our actions. It is even worse when we who are Christians act in ways that are contrary to our faith. It is a scandal to our faith and to the Holy Name of our Lord if we do so.
What do I mean, brothers and sisters in Christ? Whenever we cause pain, hurt and suffering on others by our actions, when we are thinking selfishly of our own wants and desires, we end up not doing what the Lord had asked us to do, that is to love tenderly and graciously, following what our Lord Himself had shown us by His selfless and loving sacrifice on the cross.
There are many troubles and evils in this world which is caused either by our selfish acts and works, which cause pain and suffering for others. Otherwise, it is our silence and lack of action, when we see our brothers and sisters who are suffering, walking past them and ignoring them, just as the Levite and the priest ignoring the man who was attacked on his way to Jericho, in the story Jesus told His disciples.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, all of us must realise that sin is not just caused by our actions that are wicked, unjust and evil, but also caused by our failure to act when there is perfect opportunities for us to act, to do something in order to protect the innocent, the weak and the oppressed, and yet we turn a blind eye on what is happening and moved on with life.
Therefore, brothers and sisters in Christ, from now on, let us all commit ourselves ever more faithfully to the Lord, by practicing our faith in our lives, and by committing ourselves wholeheartedly to Him and to His cause, by loving one another and showing that love wherever and whenever we are able to do so. Let us seek to do what He has taught us to do, and remember always how His love for us has allowed us all to live with peace knowing that He has delivered us from our fated destruction, and thus, show the same love to each other. May God bless us all, always. Amen.