Unbreakable Bonds

“Unbreakable Bonds”
A reflection on Matthew 10:37
Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)
©️2023 by Gloria M. Chang

Jesus said to his apostles: “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.”

Matthew 10:37

The Divine Dance

Beyond the fragmented world of sense and intellection, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit commune in indivisible unity. More than a “family,” God is a Trinity—an interpenetrating dance of persons sans spacetime. When Jesus assured his disciples at the Last Supper, “I am not alone, for the Father is with me” (John 16:32), he revealed the deepest mystery of being.

Persons originating from the Father live in pure communion and pure solitude—one in diversity and one in unity. This eschatological state transcends relationships in the material world, which exist in a condition of parts outside parts. Our movement toward the Father, through the Son, in the Spirit, draws earthly relationships into the divine dance. Jesus’ call for detachment from tribal ties transforms earthly love into divine love.

Tribal ties are externally woven;
Trinitarian bonds cannot be broken.

2 Replies to “Unbreakable Bonds”

  1. Dear Gloria, Your beautiful reflection reminds me that the unbreakable bond is made of love and that God is a communion of love who invites us in. May we always be strengthened by our bond of love for God and one another. God bless you, dear Gloria.

    1. Dear Fabienne, may the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit envelop us in their indivisible love, fulfilling the prayer of Christ “that they may be one as we are one” (John 17:11).

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