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Sixth Week of Ordinary Time

Gen. 4:1-15, 25 & Mk 8:11-13

Cain and Abel were the first two sons of Adam and Eve. We are not given the reason but Cain's sacrifice to God, from the produce of the land, did not please God whereas Abel's, the first born of his flock, did making Cain so jealous that it led him to murder his brother. Murder is always a terrible crime, a sin that cries out to God for vengeance.

Obviously Cain did not love God because if he had, he would also have loved his brother. Trying to lead a good life without love for God is like trying to drive a car without petrol or expecting a bulb to light up without electricity. Failing to love God leads to all sorts of crimes, not just murder but rape, assault, theft or readily exploiting others in activities such as dope trafficking and prostitution.

From all this we can conclude that the degree of love that we have for God will amount to the degree of love we have for others. The Gospel of today verifies this fact. Jesus came on this Earth precisely to teach us how to love God. He wanted to teach the Pharisees, too, but because they had so little or even no love for God, just love for self, they could not learn from Jesus and were unteachable. This was tragic as the greatest teacher of all time was there to teach them how to love God and they could not learn from Him.

How then do we learn to love God which is itself a gift from God? We have to prepare 'the good soil' of our hearts and invite Him to give us this love, knowing that He will give it to us if we ask Him. If this had been done by Cain he would never have murdered his brother and, likewise, the Pharisees would have learned from Jesus Who only wanted to teach them.

Lord Jesus, encourage me to ask You to increase my love for you, and my love for my neighbour.

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