Transcendental and Perfect Love

Post date: Feb 17, 2017 4:19:02 PM

19 February 2017 (Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time)

[Leviticus 19:1-2.17-18] [1 Corinthians 3:16-23] [Matthew 5:38-48]

Our love for others must be transcendental, striving towards perfection like the Father and working towards transcendence being more than who we are in love because our Lord is the example par excellence of compassion and love. How do we manifest this love? By loving our neighbor, bearing no hatred towards anyone, not exacting revenge or bear a grudge as the Book of Leviticus says in the first reading. St Paul continues this theme of transcendental love in his letter to the Corinthians by saying that we are made towards perfect love because we are temples of God belonging to Christ created in His image and likeness of God, he warns the people of Corinth of division and judgment from the wisdom coming from the world. In the Gospel, Jesus presents a fundamentally Christian exhortation calling his disciples to be perfect as the Father is by loving their enemies and praying for their persecutors, sounds easy but it is not when we’re raised in a culture of vengeance which is detrimental and counter-Christian. Jesus has shown us the way to Christian perfection on Calvary, may we imitate his example of love always.