Thursday, August 2, 2018

Thursday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

(Jeremiah 18:1-6; Matthew 13:47-53)

Preachers today often speak of God’s “unconditional love.”  Rightly understood, the statement is on target.  God’s love is not conditioned by our actions.  He loves sinners as wells as saints. He wants the best for all humans.  He is always there to help them if they but turn to Him.

Yet it seems that some run too fast with the idea of God’s unconditional love.  They seem to say that it assures everyone a place in the Kingdom.  They want to claim that nothing anyone does might deprive him or her from life eternal.  A funeral director, who hears plenty of homilies about God’s mercy, said that this was one of the results of Vatican II. 

But, of course, the bishops arrived at no such conclusion fifty years ago nor could they do so today.  It would counter Jesus’ teaching in the parable of a huge catch of fish some good and some bad.  In the first reading as well the Lord declares Himself able to reject a people to whom He has shown great love.