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Love Fulfils the Law...

     Each year, when I begin anew school year, we go in for a morning to get our lockers, schedules, ect. One thing, that takes up majority of the time we spend, is reviewing the changes to the changes to the rules and how we should behave. As intimidating as the large amount of rules seem to be, it really boils down to: be a good student.

     In the time period that Jesus lived in, their were many rules, on what to do and when, how to behave and when to behave on what days, and what counts and doesn't count has work on the Sabbath. Due to the immense amount of rules that occupied the lives of that time, they had specific people to keep them enforced and taught to the people. Generally this would have been done by the Pharisees and Scribes, who would make sure that every T was crossed and ever I was dotted.

     St Paul in todays second reading, summarises the law, that was well known and followed by the Jews, in one word, love. He simply says, Love one another. Why does he summarize it to that one word? He summarises it to the word love, because when you love, nothing bad happens. When you love your neighbour (treating them with respect, kindness, and compassion) their is no need for sin to enter. When you love, you don't steal, or murder or covet, but rather, you give, you help and you thank God for what you have.

     We are limited, in the English language, to the expression of different forms of love. The love towards family, friends, and our brother and sisters in faith, are all differ

ent but all expressed with the same word, love.  Love, as used in todays second reading, is meant in the terms, to have compassion, kindness and an open heart towards others. It means to have an open heart, willing to serve instead of being served, to put aside our own needs for a moment and take care of the needs of those around us, to listen instead  of speaking. 

     In todays Gospel, Jesus speaks about what happens, when the love in broken. We are all united, as members of the Body of Christ, and when a division happens Jesus offers three ways to reunite the members that were lost into a unique bond with each other  again.( that we all share as being member of a believing and living church.) 

      First Jesus expresses that one must go and talk to them in private, with the intention of making it better- not going their to attack, but going their with the intention to make things better. Secondly, Jesus says, to bring two or three more to a talk with the person, with the intention to make things better. Finally Jesus says, " bring it to the church" get a different, 'third party' point of view to help sort it out. 

     Finally Jesus finishes with the a popularly quoted line, " Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among you"   With this assurance, we know, and can firmly believe, that when we gather as a believing community, to worship - to celebrate the Eucharist- we know that Christ is truly present in the Eucharist. 

     Gathering as a believing community, coming together for mass, is the greatest sign of love that we can show on earth. We are expressing our love to Christ, (who showed the greatest act of love by dying on the cross.) Every time we gather, we remember this love, this sacrifice and we share it among ourselves. 

     My teachers and principals may  or may not argue that the rules consist a little more than being a good student, but at the end of the day, if you are a good student you are following the rules. St Paul beautifully summarises the law; Love your neighbour. It is through the compassion we show, the kindness we give, and the heart we lend that helps us to love. When we love, we do not urge to do the wrong because we care for the other person. 

     May  we come to love thy neighbour and Love Christ. May every sign of affection, compassion 
and kindness be a sign of Christ's Love for all of us in our lives. We love him, because he first loved us. Let us, continue to love others and love Christ. Through loving others we love Christ. May we come to reconcile all mistakes and be united into the love of Christ. 


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