Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time
by Fr. Ivan Olmo

“Lord, your love is eternal; do not forsake the work of your hands.”  When we consider the word “eternal,” other words come to mind like everlasting, undying, unending, perpetual, endless, ceaseless, timeless, always, forever, without beginning and without end.  We therefore can only speak of God in these terms for only God is everlasting, undying, unending, perpetual, endless, ceaseless, timeless, always, forever, without beginning and without end, eternal.  In referring to God in these terms and in this way, we can better understand who God is and how he forms an everlasting bond and eternal friendship with the masterpieces he creates and the gracious works he forms with the use of his hands.  In these terms, we can better describe and speak of God’s attributes, which are timeless, and more accurately describe the eternal relationship he shares with all creation and how he relates personally and intimately to his beloved creatures in and through creation.  Saying God is eternal is by nature the same as saying God is love, therefore, God’s love is and must be eternal.  Love is eternal and will last forever and always. God’s love is forever always, and will perpetually be the same always.  His love endures forever, therefore, God’s love is without end.  Scripture reminds us that without love, without God, we have nothing, gain nothing, and are nothing.  However, with love, with God, we can bear all things, believe all things, hope all things, and endure all things for God who is love never ever fails. God is most patient forever, his kindness is undying and his mercy eternal.  At times, we choose to use eternal words to describe our own friendships in life and the situations we experience.  However, can we truly say and mean with absolute certainty and truth when we say to another person, I will never hurt or fail you?  Will you never fail and never hurt another individual ever, promise? Never in thought, never in words, never in speech, never in intention, never ever, ever fail or hurt another individual?  Can someone else really say and mean that they will never betray you, that they will love you always, or that they will be your best friend forever?  Can we make those kind of statements without adding or including God to the statement who truly is eternal?  Shouldn’t we clarify forever statements by adding “with the help of God’s grace” or “only in Christ”?  Then we can say with confidence and truly mean our love is eternal, our friendship forever, by including God’s grace.    

Reflections from the Heart – May 26, 2024

Reflections from the Heart - May 26, 2024
Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinityby Fr. Ivan Olmo “You must now know, and fix in your heart, that the ...

Reflections from the Heart – May 19, 2024

Reflections from the Heart - May 19, 2024
Pentecost Sundayby Fr. Ivan Olmo “Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained."  The ...

Reflections from the Heart – May 12, 2024

Reflections from the Heart - May 12, 2024
The Ascension of the Lordby Fr. Ivan Olmo “He presented himself alive to them by many proofs after he had ...

Reflections from the Heart – May 5, 2024

Reflections from the Heart - May 5, 2024
Sixth Sunday of Easterby Fr. Ivan Olmo "Get up. I myself am also a human being."  I think of how ...

Reflections from the Heart – April 28, 2024

Reflections from the Heart - April 28, 2024
Fifth Sunday of Easterby Fr. Ivan Olmo “God is greater than our hearts and knows everything.”  I am most grateful ...

Reflections from the Heart – April 21, 2024

Reflections from the Heart - April 21, 2024
Fourth Sunday of Easterby Fr. Ivan Olmo “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his kindness endures ...

Reflections from the Heart – April 14, 2024

Reflections from the Heart - April 14, 2024
Third Sunday of Easterby Fr. Ivan Olmo “Lord Jesus, open the Scriptures to us; make our hearts burn while you ...

Reflections from the Heart – April 7, 2024

Reflections from the Heart - April 7, 2024
Divine Mercy Sundayby Fr. Ivan Olmo “Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” ...

Reflections from the Heart – March 31, 2024

Reflections from the Heart - March 31, 2024
Easter Sundayby Fr. Ivan Olmo “Brothers and sisters: If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above.”  As ...

Reflections from the Heart – March 24, 2024

Reflections from the Heart - March 24, 2024
Palm Sundayby Fr. Ivan Olmo “He relied on the LORD; let him deliver him, let him rescue him, if he ...

Reflections from the Heart – March 17, 2023

Reflections from the Heart - March 17, 2023
Fifth Sunday of Lentby Fr. Ivan Olmo “Sir, we would like to see Jesus.”  At the deepest core of our ...

Reflections from the Heart – March 10, 2024

Reflections from the Heart - March 10, 2024
Fourth Sunday of Lentby Fr. Ivan Olmo “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not ...