Week of 1st October 2018 (reference: readings for Sunday 7th October)
27th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Readings: Gn 2,18-24; Heb 2,9-11; Mk 10,2-16
“A man shall leave his father and mother to be joined with his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
The topic of this Sunday’s readings is total love.
In the first reading (from the Genesis), it is clear that God created man and woman to complete, help and love one another. Through love, a man and a woman form “one flesh, which implies living in full communion with the other, giving themselves mutually, sharing life together, united by a love that is stronger than any other bond. The Gospel says exactly the same thing and even reproduces the text of Genesis: “a man shall leave his father and mother to be joined with his wife, and they shall become one flesh”.
In the second reading, St. Paul makes a parallel of this integral, indissoluble unconditional love, showing that it is the same love that God has towards mankind. A love so intense that He sent his only son to suffer and die for it. He explicitly states “for both he that sanctifies and those that are sanctified are all of one: and therefore are one flesh.
For us Vincentians, the message is clear. St. Vincent tells us that the poor are our teachers and lords. Teachers because they teach us, and lords because we are their servants. The love for the poor that God asks us is similar to the love that man and wife develop and to the one that God has for humanity: to be one flesh, to suffer the same suffering, to share deeply the same difficulties.
If God dwells specially in the poor, and if we have this spouse’s love towards them, then the poor, as well as our masters and lords, are also our way of sanctification. To love the poor deeply is to know God’s love here in this life, without having to wait for the eternal life.