Posted by: livingscripture | October 26, 2014

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the greatest and the first commandment.  The second is like it: Yu shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

 (Matthew 22: 37-39)        

How should we live this Word community

Jesus answers the Pharisee who asked what the greatest commandment of the law was, by going to the essentials and uniting in strict and indissoluble connection the relationship between love of God and love of neighbor.  We are to love God with all our heart, soul, and mind and our neighbor as ourselves.  It is not possible to love God and at the same time despise our neighbor, who is made in God’s image.  Love is unique in its origin and in its conclusion.  It comes from God and returns to God; however, it passes through our neighbor.

The first reading of Ephesians  reminds us that we must translate our love into concrete works such as welcome and attention  to persons in difficulty, be they strangers, orphans, widows, the poor, whoever is in need.  In this way, our love becomes visible, and charity is seen and experienced.  If we place God’s Word at the center of our life, if Jesus is our Model as St. Paul says in the second reading, we will no longer follow the idols of money, of power, of violence.  Rather, we will let ourselves be guided by love and compassion.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will ask Jesus to help me keep my eyes fixed on Him at every moment. 

Help me Lord, to open my heart and mind to experience Your tenderness and on how much You love me.  Help me to pour out this tenderness and love on my brothers and sisters, especially those most in need. 

The voice of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Witness to Love 

We have the power to be in Heaven right now, of being happy with Him at this moment, if we love as He loves, if we help as He helps us, if we give as He gives, if we serve as He serves.

 

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