31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
by Fr. Ivan Olmo

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” God’s love is true and unconditional, pure and righteous, sacrificial and selfless and can really astound us and at times even surprise and baffle us. Not because God chooses or desires to confuse or trick us. His love is simple and innocent in nature.  Because of our own deep-rooted self-centeredness, we are unable to fully grasp the love of God. We are so “me-centered.” We are unable to fully understand or comprehend God’s total love for us and therefore, we are unable and perhaps even unwilling to surrender even some of ourselves to the possibility of experiencing the most profound and amazing gift known to all humanity; the greatest gift afforded to humankind – God’s divine love. It is the kind of love that leaves us breathless. Who would want to breathe in anything less? The kind of love that is totally free.  It cannot be earned, bought, or traded. This kind of love lives always for the other. It is never selfish, self-serving, or self-interested. God’s love does not seek to make any demands.  But if you are truly going to love as Christ did, that is with all his Sacred Heart, with every part of his Precious Body, with the mind of the Father and the soul of the Spirit and as humanly possible, then we are to love simply, freely and willingly with all our heart, mind, body, spirt, and soul and our very being just as Jesus did. It should make us wonder, seriously, who can love like that? In reflecting on our lives, our thoughts, words and actions and how we live out the gift of our existence, it should make us question: “Why would anyone love us like that?” “Can I really love like that?” “Can I truly receive love like that?” “Can I selflessly share love like that?” What challenges or even scares us is that we have the awesome yet terrifying power to say yes or no to God’s love. To either accept him or to reject his precious gift. To receive him or to deny his love. To participate in his life or to decline his graciousness. What an awesome yet terrifying power that comes with the free gift of God’s love. May we more freely receive God’s gracious gift in our hearts and in the freedom Christ has won for us, freely share God’s love with one another.

 

Reflections from the Heart – January 29, 2023

Reflections from the Heart - January 29, 2023
Fourth Sunday of Adventby Fr. Ivan Olmo He began to teach them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit.” Who ...
Read More

Reflections from the Heart – January 22, 2023

Reflections from the Heart - January 22, 2023
Third Sunday of Adventby Fr. Ivan Olmo “He called them, and immediately they followed him.”  At one desperate moment or ...
Read More

Reflections from the Heart – January 15, 2023

Reflections from the Heart - January 15, 2023
Second Sunday of Adventby Fr. Ivan Olmo The Lord said to me: “You are my servant, through whom I show ...
Read More

Reflections from the Heart – January 8, 2023

Reflections from the Heart - January 8, 2023
The Epiphany of the Lordby Fr. Ivan Olmo “Your light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you.” ...
Read More

Reflections from the Heart – January 1, 2023

Reflections from the Heart - January 1, 2023
Mary the Mother of Godby Fr. Ivan Olmo “Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.”  The ...
Read More

Reflections from the Heart – December 25, 2022

Reflections from the Heart - December 25, 2022
The Nativity of the Lordby Fr. Ivan Olmo “I proclaim to you good news of great joy.” Our gracious Lord, ...
Read More

Reflections from the Heart – December 18, 2022

Reflections from the Heart - December 18, 2022
Fourth Sunday of Adventby Fr. Ivan Olmo “The virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel.”  ...
Read More

Reflections from the Heart – December 11, 2022

Reflections from the Heart - December 11, 2022
Third Sunday of Adventby Fr. Ivan Olmo “They will bloom with abundant flowers, and rejoice with joyful song.”  A song ...
Read More

Reflections from the Heart – December 4, 2022

Reflections from the Heart - December 4, 2022
Second Sunday of Adventby Fr. Ivan Olmo “Whatever was written previously was written for our instruction.”  This Advent Season, our ...
Read More

Reflections from the Heart – November 27, 2022

Reflections from the Heart - November 27, 2022
First Sunday of Adventby Fr. Ivan Olmo “You must be prepared.” Like the Kingdom of God, like the Sacred Heart ...
Read More

Reflections from the Heart – November 20, 2022

Reflections from the Heart - November 20, 2022
The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe by Fr. Ivan Olmo “You shall shepherd my people ...
Read More

Reflections from the Heart – November 13, 2022

Reflections from the Heart - November 13, 2022
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Timeby Fr. Ivan Olmo Jesus said, "All that you see here--the days will come when there ...
Read More