Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Dear Family of Mary!
Fr. Maximilian Dalvai- Homily for English Mass, Sunday, July 14, 2019:
(The Gospel for this Mass was the Good Samaritan – Luke 10: 25-37)
In the evening our of lives, St. John of the Cross states that we will be judged by the love that we have in our hearts. It is all about love. Your love counts. And in the new commandment that Jesus gives us, St. John says that it is old, but it is new. Because now it is in Christ, it is a different way of love, for He shows us the fullness of love.
It is the two-fold commandment of love of God and love of neighbor.
“You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, with all your might.” I think very few people confess that they have not lived up to the First Commandment, which is the root of all other commandments. To love God with all our soul, strength, mind is to be love. To fall in love, over and over again.
First of all, it is always to believe in the love of God, which is not as natural as we think. So many times, we are afraid, and so how can we be afraid when we love? You can’t believe in the love of God. So, believe in the love of God!! Open ourselves to the love of God. Let ourselves be loved. And with this love, love God.
And fall in love over and over again. And in this love now, love our neighbor. In the love of God, the love of neighbor is real. And the love of neighbor is always proof that our love of God is real. The two belong to one another. But one is the source. The wellspring.
The opposite of love on the one hand is hatred. Mary says that hatred is growing in the world. It is tremendous (terrible) to think of that. If love is a relationship in which one gives himself to another, the gift of self, then hatred is that relationship charged negatively. On the other hand, the opposite of love is not only hatred, but I think the worst enemy of love is indifference.
Pope Francis speaks of the globalization of indifference, where we are so filled with self-love, so egocentric, that others do not count at all. It is tremendous (terrible). The evil one wants to plant in our hearts this indifference. This coldness where there is no place for compassion. In how many big cities people are dying in the street and nobody cares at all.
This indifference towards man, our fellow brothers and sisters, has its root again in our indifference towards God. Mary, since the first messages, has said that the great sin of humanity today is that we know God exists, but we don’t care. Indifference. This is the great sin of humanity today, because if we know God exists, it is a holy duty and a holy joy to look for Him, to search for Him, every day again. To make it an adventure every day to find God. Mary said, to even find Him in the smallest flower. Or in a little child. Find God continuously. Look for Him continuously. Because He lets himself be found! For those who look for Him, especially in prayer.
Yes, we know that God exists. Knowledge alone is not enough. The doctor of the law who put Jesus to the test, the lawyer…he knows, but in his knowledge, he doesn’t love. He puts to the test. There are so many people inside the Church who know these things, but they put others to the test to see of others live them. They look all over outside themselves, but they never question themselves. They are righteous, they are right because they go to church on Sunday and they do all the things which the law prescribes, but to know is not enough.
Even the devil knows. He knows the Bible (we cannot say by heart because he has no heart) by head, but he doesn’t live up to it. The priest and the Levite who pass by the unfortunate man who fell at the hands of the robber, they know. But their knowledge puts them in chains. There are human laws that can chain us. Because according to their law, a priest who worked in the Temple in Jerusalem, could not touch blood. Blood was sacred. So only the blood of the sacrifice in the tent could be touched. But profane blood outside the Temple could not be touched. He would have become impure, and it would be a long purification process to be again able to worship in the Temple.
So, there are human laws that directly go against charity. If there is a human law that goes directly against charity which is the law of God, you have to reject that law. In France, for example, a law came out that if a young woman wants to have an abortion because she has no means, but there are other people who would like to help, and they put their announcement on the internet to offer help to women who have difficulties to bring their child to birth, help them financially and different ways, those announcements are no longer legal. You would be in conflict with the law if you tried to help someone to give birth to their child. Can you imagine? So, they have to find other ways, hidden ways, secret ways. But obviously the law of God is first always.
So, knowledge is not enough. But the man asks then, “But who is my neighbor?” Sometimes we think we know a lot, but we don’t now the basic questions. The one who is along the road of my daily journey. It might be husband, wife, neighbor, co-worker at the office. Every day God brings us someone we can help. Sometimes people think, I am so needy of the help of others that I can’t help anyone. I have no means, no clothes, very little food. I cannot clothe and feed all the needy in the world. We can’t do that, but the one we find on the roadside, yes. Before we look for those around the world, we should look for those around us, because love always starts at home.
People say that don’t have enough to help. But think of St. Veronica of the Passion. She had nothing. Just a piece of cloth. But what relief she gave to Jesus. She had the courage, the internal strength to give to Him, to dry His face.
Knowledge is not enough. There is some tendency within the church to make of the whole religion just some knowledge. Knowledge is obviously important. But it has to go to the heart. There is a wisdom of the heart. And that is all about love. We have to learn about that more and more because at the end what will count – we will be judged by love.
Listen to the presence of God in the depths of our hearts. That we can do His work. That we can live with His strength, with His Spirit the Commandment of Love. That Christ, the Good Samaritan…because He is the Good Samaritan -the very first Samaritan is actually the Word of God, The Sacred Scripture. And then the Word became Flesh. And so, Christ, the Good Samaritan, if you really listen to Him in the silence of our hearts, He can today again, through us, be the Good Samaritan who places people on our daily journey, and we can become collaborators of the Kingdom of God. We can become always more the Apostles of Love of our Heavenly Mother.
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
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