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Sixth Week of Ordinary Time

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

God was not pleased with Cain's sacrifice which he offered Him from the produce of the land, but He was pleased with Abel's which was the first born of his flock. The reason was Cain was so jealous of his brother. If he did not love his brother how could he love God? Love of God and love of our brother are so tied up. As St John says, how can you say you love God whom you cannot see when you cannot love your brother whom you can see. As a result of his jealousy Cain murdered his brother. If only Cain had prepared his heart and shown his love for God he would never have murdered his brother.

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 this but because they had not prepared their hearts to love God they could not learn from Jesus. They were so unteachable. This was tragic for 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. He will give it to us if we ask Him. If Cain had done this he would never have murdered his brother. If the Pharisees had prepared 'the good soil' of their hearts they would have learned from Jesus Who had so much to teach them.

Lord Jesus, encourage us to ask Your Holy Spirit to prepare our hearts to love You and our neighbour.

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