October 25, 2014
30th Sunday - A
Love God First, or God Loves First
The order with which this Gospel passage is arranged for the Sunday Gospel might provide us one possible interpretation and lesson.
It is God who has given us all (last Sunday’s reminder of “giving to God what belongs to God.”). Thus, even our ability to love comes from God.
Consequently, when I love God, I just try to respond to the One who has loved me first, and without whom I would not even exist.
Then, I am called to love my neighbor, who like me, comes from God. And like me, he belongs to God. Moreover, I am called to see the neighbor as the gift of God’s love for me.
In loving my neighbor, I again respond to God’s love with love.