Today’s Gospel Reading: Matthew 10:16-23 – FOURTEENTH WEEK OF THE YEAR: Friday, 13 July 2018
Jesus discusses the problems of persecution and of the betrayal even of those who preach His word. These problems will plague Christian disciples until the end of time. A conclusion we can draw from our week with Hosea (First Reading) in the light of this missionary instruction from the Lord is a stark one.
Unlike the popular image of love as romantic and carefree, the truth is that love hurts. It can be very painful. It is sacrificial. Yet, it can transform, heal and enlarge a person. It is not an exclusive possession of the young. Love is more than warm puppy dogs, meadows in the Spring, or long walks on moonlit nights, it is an adult projects. For all its power, love hurts.
The most realistic symbol of love is not a cupid but a cross. On the cross, human love and divine love intersect. In the sacrifice of the cross, humanity and God are linked together in love.
Jakarta, 13 July 2018
A Christian Pilgrim