God’s Unfailing Love

First Reading: 1 Mi 2:1-5

Psalm: 10:1-2, 3-4, 7-8, 14

Gospel: Mt 12:14-21

Jesus was aware that some of the religious leaders of His time were plotting to destroy Him. When we are rejected, hated, and threatened with murder, we normally turn in on ourselves and become preoccupied with our problems. However, Jesus did just the opposite. He reached out to many people and cured them all (Mt 12:15). When we’re wounded, we think of being healed. When Jesus was wounded, He healed others.

When Jesus was hanging on the cross, He did not give in to self-pity. Rather, He kept forgiving those executing Him (Lk 23:34), promised paradise to the good thief (Lk 23:43), called Mary to be a mother to His disciples (Jn 19:26-27), and commended His Spirit to His Father (Lk 23:46). Jesus was God-centered, other-centered, and sinner-centered. Even in His agony and pain on Calvary, Jesus was not self-centered.

It’s humanly impossible to die to self when you feel as if you’re dying. However, Jesus lives in all those who have given their lives to Him. Jesus will make us Christ-centered rather than self-centered. He will free us from the tyranny of self.

  • Alfred Grech

    Some homilies are more striking than others.  Of course, this is not only subjective but it also depends on the moment that one is passing through when reading the homily.  I would suggest, please, that the author of the homily is always given, as one might be interested to read more works of the same author. Christ’s love is always so astonishing
    though, when we have the grace to ponder upon it.