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Gospel Reflection for 31st Sunday OT B2012

posted Nov 3, 2012, 1:13 PM by Alberto dela Cruz

LIVING AND PLEASING SACRIFICE

(Mk 12.28b-34)

“Love…is worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

Religious offerings and sacrifices had been introduced into the world of the sacred and made surrounded by elaborate rituals.  Their role is to carry out the required reparation for the damage inflicted by the absence of love. 

No matter how expensive and elaborate the offerings and sacrifices are, it is only pure love that has the power to expiate all forms of brokenness.  From the lips of an expert on the laws, love is claimed to be worth more than any sacred rituals and practices but this is without underscoring the sacred value of rituals.

Jesus expiates the world’s brokenness by offering his pure love on the cross.  More than anything that religious belief can ritualize as a sacrifice, what He offers, when humbly accepted, suffices to make us a living and pleasing sacrifice to God.  Amen.

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