October 28, 2017

30th Sunday - A (October 29, 2017)


“Be Imitators of the Lord”

In the 2nd reading, Paul instructs the Thessalonians, “You know what sort of people we were among you for your sake.   And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, receiving the word in great affliction, with joy from the Holy Spirit, so that you became a model for all the believers.” 

In other words, Paul summarizes the progression of the Christian life.   He and his companion imitated the Lord.  The Thessalonian Christians imitate them [1].  Those Christians then become the models for others to imitate. 

Then in today’s Gospel, Jesus gives us the program of the Christian life, the program that he is the ultimate model for us to imitate: the two-fold commandment of love. 

[1] Similarly, he wrote to the Corinthians, “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1).  

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