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4th Sunday of Ordinary Time - Year B - Fr John's Homilies

If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.…

 

  1. I know who you are, the Holy One of God.' The demonic powers are the first to be recognize the Lord. The early church fathers Chrysostom, Ambrose and Augustine remind us though that even if the demons confessed Christ, but without love that meant nothing.

 

  1. While Peter’s confession sounded almost the same verbally as the demonic confession, the crucial difference was that Peter confessed out of love, the demons out of fear.

 

  1. St Athanasius noted that Jesus silenced the demons because he did not wish that the truth should proceed from an unclean mouth.

 

  1. It was fitting that the truth should become a means of judgment not only for the salvation of those who believe but also for the condemnation of those who do not believe, that all should be fairly judged (Irenaeus).

 

  1. God is Love and God is Truth. This is what was described last week speaking of the integrity of God’s Word.

              

  1. It is only by moving closer to the integrity of God’s Word can we also become whole, become integrated so that the will and the act also become seamless. Without such integrity no one is capable of seeing and experiencing Truth.

 

  1. Speaking the truth pictures the right doctrine. In love pictures the right spirit or attitude. We ought to have a great love of the truth and we also ought to do the truth, but we must do the truth in love. Truth without love is brutality, but love without truth is hypocrisy.

 

  1. Jesus was the Holy One of God who spoke of truth and justice with no malice in His heart. One who warned of sin and judgment, yet none could deny His love and compassion. One before whom sickness, disease and even death had to give up their hold on lives.

 

  1. The sharpest criticisms raised against Him ring hollow. Some rebuked Him for helping and healing people on the day of rest.

              

  1. Their malice and deceit was disguised behind a smoke screen of truth and justice; with smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naïve. As Proverbs tell us;

 

  1. There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among the brethren.

 

  1. Some questioned HIs character because He was hanging out with people whom they saw as miles from deserving the love of God, but were only inches from responding to the God who loved them.

 

  1. They said He threatened to tear down their place of worship, but He had really only told them where the hatred in their heart would lead to.

 

  1. Those who accused and condemned Him attempted to lay His words, His love, His life in the dust. But in the end Jesus rattled this cage we call life and turned death upside down.

 

  1. Jesus told His closest followers, “I am handing this task of loving over to you for now. Love, but stay true to the truth. Love in such a way that others will love and follow me.”