Fr. Sanctus Mario
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The Love for Jesus Should Supersede. Monday 15th Week

Breakfast With the Word Monday 15th Week Ordinary Time of the Year

 

Matthew 10:34-11,1

 

Jesus sacrificed everything for our sake. He was tortured, suffered and crucified for our own sake. The only way to appreciate this kind gesture is to love Him and do everything for His sake too. The Love for Jesus should principally guide everything that we do.

 

In today’s gospel, Jesus instructs the twelve apostles “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth: it is not peace I have come to bring, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. A man’s enemies will be those of his household”. He says this to remind them of the need to love Him. In the world, many will hate them and attack them. Then, the only thing that will lead them through these harsh moments, will be the love they have for Him.

Therefore, the love for Jesus is a secret motivation to anyone who truly devotes his or her life to working for Him. Let us take the gospel in detail:

 

 

It Is Not Peace I have come to bring, but A Sword.

 

Peace and sword are two words that cannot exist with each other. It is either you have peace or crisis. Sword as Jesus here signifies a time of crisis.

Jesus says in this gospel that His coming to the world is not to bring peace but sword. This is surprising. We know that Isaiah 9:6 calls Him the Prince of peace. 

At the cross, Jesus forgives all His persecutors. In several passages of the gospel, Jesus tells us to forgive those who trespass against us. When He appeared to His disciples, His first greeting was “peace be with you” ( John 20:21).

He tells us that one of the greatest commandments is to love our neighbour ( Mark 12:30-31). So, how does this sword comes in as one of the aims of His coming?

 

To answer this, let us take a journey to the events of the birth of Jesus. When the angels appeared to the shepherds to give them the Good news. The Angels made a revelatory statement. They said “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of goodwill (Luke 2:14).

In this statement, we see the reason Jesus makes this statement. What they are saying is that the peace that Christ gives is only for the people of goodwill. They are those people who decide to live by the gospel message.

We remember that when Jesus is sending His apostles in Luke 10, He instructs them “whichever house you enter, say “peace be with you. If there is a man of peace, the peace will go to them, otherwise, that peace will return to you. So, the peace of Jesus Christ is for those who live according to His commands. Living according to the gospel may then create enmity with those who hate the gospel.

Those who hate the gospel will criticize and misunderstand those who live according to the gospel. When they say no to their evil schemes, it may bring enmity and division among them. 

Anyone who decides to live on Christian ideals may not be understood by those who decide not to. This might lead to hatred, persecution etc. We always experience this from our friends, family, household etc. They make a caricature of your prayer life. Sometimes, they fight you secretly to pull you down. Therefore, war has always been between good and evil. So, this sword is a war against the enemies of Christianity and kingdoms of darkness. Only when the love for Jesus supersedes can we be able to stand strong.

 

 

Love of Mother and Father more than Me.

 

 

Then, Jesus says “anyone who prefers father or mother to me is not worthy of me. Anyone who prefers son or daughter to me is not worthy of me.”

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He is saying that anyone who loves his father and mother more than he loves Jesus Christ is not worthy of Him. This does not mean we should not love them but our love for them should not demean the love of Christ.

For example; when we watch either of our parents perpetrate evil and we keep quiet because they are our parents. When we lose hope in God because our parents advise us to do so. Also, when we lose faith in God because we prayed for them when they were sick but could not see any improvement. Then, we hate God and lose faith. For Jesus, this should not be. The love for Him must be our guiding principle.

 

Therefore, the love for Jesus should be the first and not the last. Never allow anything to affect your faith. Jesus reigns supreme.

 

 

 Anyone Who does not take His Cross

 

Jesus also says that anyone who does not take up his cross and follow Him is not worthy of Him. Crosses are simply those things you want to do but you cannot do them because of the love for Jesus.

 

They are crosses because your body needs them for pleasure but you said no to them. You carry them as your crosses. You do not want anything that will take you away from Him.

 

They can be also those things that bring us pain, misery and suffering because of our faith. Therefore, whoever follows Jesus only when things are going well and only because of what He will do for him or her is not worthy of Him. Whether good or bad, our love for Jesus should supersede. Jesus should reign supreme.

 

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Whoever welcomes You Welcomes Me

 

He further tells His apostles “Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, and those who welcome me welcome the one who sent me”.

Jesus was addressing this to His disciples. His disciples are His representative on earth. Whoever offers anything to any follower of Jesus, whoever offers anything to those who carry the burden of preaching his word will never go unrewarded.

In giving, we do it for the love of Jesus. In working and touching souls, we do it for the love of Jesus. We do everything for Christ. If you cannot love and help your neighbour, you can do that because he or she is a Christian or because Jesus also died for him. We do everything for the love for Jesus and this love should supersede.

 

Therefore, when you do not want to help one another, help anyway. When you do not want to pray, pray anyway. When there is the temptation to lose faith, do not lose faith anyway. If not another thing, do it for the love for Jesus. The love for Jesus should supersede.

 

 

May He bless you, and help us to love Him beyond everything. Amen

 

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63 Comments
  1. Olomu Chinedu says

    Amen. May we be enabled by his grace

    1. Marita-margaret Awum says

      Amen. May His Grace see us through

    2. Josephine Ugwu says

      Amen.

    3. Okeke Juliet Nneka says

      Amen 🙏. May God give us the grace to carry our cross patiently and follow Him.

  2. EMMANUEL AMOS FRANCIS says

    Amen father

    1. OJIOGBU JACINTA says

      Lord God help me to love you more than anything in this life. Amen

      1. Carmela U. E. says

        Amen! & Amen!. Bless you too Fr. Thks

        1. Mbama Christiana says

          Amen. May the Lord continue to have an upper hand in my life. Amen.

      2. Onyinyechi Emeka-Ude says

        Amen.

    2. UCHEM AUGUSTA DABERECHI says

      Amen

  3. Ifeoma Ugwueze says

    Amen

  4. Helen says

    Amen!

  5. Blessing Chilo says

    May the Lord give us oil in our hearts and keep us burning every day for him in Jesus name Amen

  6. Ugwumgbor Odinaka says

    Amen

    1. Dorothy Mary Iyinbor says

      Amen thanks Padre God bless you

  7. Marvelous Egbebike says

    Amen

    1. Ugwuanyi Juliet says

      Give me the grace to carry my cross

  8. ogochukwu says

    Amen

    1. Okoli Chisom Perpetua Oguguo says

      Oh my good Jesus help me to love you above all things and enable me the grace to carry my cross to the end…Amen

  9. Ekwem Emmanuela says

    Amen

    1. Gbubemi Uba says

      Amen

  10. Dr Nicholas Onyia A. says

    Amen

  11. Stella Ekwemalor says

    Amen

  12. Chioma Frances Egwuogu says

    O Jesus help me to love you above all.

    1. Ekwem Emmanuela Chiamaka says

      Amen and Amen

  13. Ugwuanyi Juliet says

    We pray that he gives us the grace to carry our cross.

    1. Igwe Lilian says

      Amen

  14. UCHEM AUGUSTA DABERECHI says

    May the grace of God be with us always, to enable us love Jesus above all things and never give up on Him despite the situations we find ourselves in.

    Thank you Father for this wonderful reflection.

  15. Ogechukwu Okolie says

    I vote no 45

  16. Okwuchukwu Judith says

    Lord help me to love but let me not love anyone more than you. Thank you for your word

  17. Onyinye Okoyenta says

    Amen

  18. Yolanda Malebatsane says

    Amen🙏🙏🙏

  19. Jared Ogare says

    Lord may our love for you constantly burn in our hearts ,Amen

  20. Ojiogbu Chekwube says

    Lord God, let your love supercede in my life, be my first love, Amen

  21. Nkoli Nora Anabiri says

    Amennnnnnn

  22. James Mailoushi says

    Amen, remain blessed Fr

  23. Okonkwo onyinye says

    AMEN

  24. Adichie Chizoba says

    Lord give me the courage to love you even in all situations. Amen

  25. Ibeawuchi Monica says

    Amen

  26. IGNATIUS ONYEABOR says

    Amen

  27. Ossi Rebecca Chinwendu says

    Amen

  28. Charles Ndubuisi says

    Amen

  29. Nancy chizoba says

    I love you Jesus above all things. Amen 🙏 God bless you too fr.

  30. Ugwu Josephine Nnenna says

    Amen. Thank you Fr.

  31. Gabriel-Martin says

    Amen Fr

  32. Amadi miracle says

    Amen
    Thanks father.

  33. Desmond Oloto says

    Amen 🙏

  34. Onuoha Adeline Chidimma says

    Amen and Amen

  35. Carmela U. Ekwem says

    Amen! & Amen! Thanks and God bless you too Fr for this explanatory, informative snd inspiring piece.
    May God grant us the grace to always love him above all things and always abide by all his words irrespective of all challenges standing in our way, Amen!

  36. Blessing Anne says

    Amen

  37. Chukwukere Josephine says

    Amen. May the Lord give us the grace to love him above all.

  38. Munachimso onuoha says

    Amen

  39. Regina Mobu says

    Amen

  40. Helen says

    Amen and Amen 🙏🏼🙏🏼

    God bless you richly Padre 🙏🏼

  41. Chioma Frances Egwuogu says

    Amen

  42. Rosemary Umeze says

    Amen

  43. Agbai ujunwa felicity says

    May God give us the grace to love him more than everything on Earth… Amen

  44. Enibe Jacinta Amara says

    Amen

  45. Juliet says

    Amen

  46. Eririogu Fidelia says

    Thanks father

  47. Ejimmadu Noel says

    Amen.

  48. Nwagwu Chinelo Bernadett says

    May God continue to give me his grace to carry my cross everyday of life and follow my sweat all the days of my life .Amen

  49. Abuah Judith says

    Amen . More grace Padre

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