Thursday, X Week of Ordinary Time, Year A

Reciprocal Fidelity to God and humanity

Readings: 1st: 1 Kg 19:9.11-16; Ps: 27; Gos: Mt 5:27-32

This brief reflection was written by Rev. Fr. Njoku Canice Chukwuemeka, C.S.Sp. He is a Catholic Priest and a Member of the Congregation of the Holy Ghost Fathers and Brothers (Spiritans). He is currently working with the Spiritan International Group of Puerto Rico &  Dominican Republic. He is the Administrator of Parroquia La Resurrección del Senor, Canovanas and the Chancellor of the Diocesis of Fajardo-Humacao, Puerto Rico. For more details and comments contact him on: canice_c_njoku@yahoo.com, cancilleriadfh@gmail.com, canicechukwuemeka@gmail.com.

Today is Friday of the tenth week of ordinary time. Today gospel is a continuation of Jesus’ call for an authentic Christian life style and fidelity to the spirit of the Law, rather than only to the letters of the Law.

Yesterday, Jesus offered a rereading of the commandment: “Do not kill.” Today, he rereads the commandment “You shall not commit adultery.”

Jesus rereads the law starting from the intention that God had which was proclaimed centuries before on Mount Sinai.

He seeks the spirit of the Law and does not limit himself to the letter. He defends the great values of human life, and insists on love, on fidelity, on mercy, on justice, on truth, and on humanity.

Hence, the result of the full observance of the Law of God humanizes the person. In Jesus we can see what happens when a person allows God to fill his life.

The last objective is that of uniting both loves and the building up of fraternity in defense of life.

The greater the fraternity, the greater will be the fullness of life, and greater will be the adoration given by all creatures to God, our Creator and Savior.

The objective of the commandment on marital fidelity as Jesus redefined it is simple. It is a reciprocal fidelity between man and woman who assume life together, as a married couple.

This fidelity will be complete only if both know how to be faithful to one another in thought and in desire, and have a total transparency between them.

In the same way, as Christians, we are in a relationship with God. We may choose to be faithful to this relationship or not to be. However, the best option is complete fidelity, because God is always faithful to us.

So, let us ask god to keep us faithful both in our relationship with one another, especially, in our relationship with him,

Peace be with you all!

Maranatha!

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