August 30, 2020
I saw a great video. It is only a minute and a half long, but has a great message. Please take a moment to watch it before reading on. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yEqSTZ8N30&feature=emb_rel_end
That scene is very beautiful. And it is at the very heart of this weekend's scripture readings.
In the video, first, the little boy scrapes his elbow. Then he is in bed with a temperature. Maybe flu or a cold. Then his toy breaks. Little troubles to us, but at his age, big troubles. And he endures them, one after the other. He accepts his cross. And of course, he has help. His mom is there, and she puts the band-aid on his elbow, a cool washcloth on his forehead, and each time showers him with love as he is enduring a hardship. And for the little boy, from the love he has received from his mom he has learned to pour out his love for someone else. When he sees his mom hurting, he drops his crayons, runs over to her and lets her know that she is loved. He is living as God does. It is what he learned! Imagine if all men and women would live like this - as God does and not as humans do?
Maybe you had a mom just like this one who by loving you taught you how to love. But, let's face it, many have not had a mom like that. Today's readings are reminding us that no matter what kind of upbringing we have had, when we are going through our own troubles and difficulties, that Jesus is there, enduring the suffering with us, and showering us with love. We probably don't think often enough of how during your troubles, God is loving you. We have all been taught how to love.
In our Gospel, Jesus is telling us that we are to accept our crosses, the troubles we endure during our lives. And because he endured troubles himself, he is with us in all of ours and he wants us to know that. Most important, we are to learn from the actions of Jesus, that we should be there to help those around us in their times of trouble. Even in this very moment, you are being loved by God.
That is the challenge of this Gospel. This is the reality that the prophet Jeremiah realizes. He is dealing with all his troubles alone and comes in the end to realize that God is loving him, "Like fire burning in my heart."
St. Paul in the second reading is reminding us that God's presence in us should transform us! Just like the little boy was transformed by his mom's love into someone who went out of his way to help someone in need, we are to be transformed by this "fire burning" in our hearts!
This week, feel God loving you. How will you pass it on? Will it be by a phone call to someone who could really benefit from talking to someone? Will it be by saying a prayer for someone? Maybe by helping someone shop for groceries.
Because when we allow the love of God to transform us like this, we begin to live not as humans, but as God. And that change in us, will change the world! Amen
The readings for today can be found here: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/083020.cfm
Have a great week!