Originally delivered on October 24, 1990
Readings: Exodus 22:20-26; Thessalonians 1:5-10; Matthew 22:34-40
This day’s liturgy presents to us the two faces of God. The first, from the Old Testament, warns us that if we don’t welcome others, such as aliens, widows, and orphans, then we’ll see the terrifying face of God’s vengeance. The second, from the Gospel of Matthew, is a loving God that says that our love for God and our neighbor is the basis for all of the commandments. Fr. Healy, joined by Fr. Antoine Adrien of Haiti, asks us to consider how the law of love applies to the issues of the day in Bosnia, Somalia, and Haiti. In this homily, we also hear the rare recorded words of Fr. Antoine, who speaks of the pain and frustration of Haiti.