Pastor's Desk: 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 3rd November 2012 in Pastor's Desk

loveWelcome everyone. It is always nice when you get a succinct summary of a very large report. Instead of having to read through page after page, you can find out the most important facts and figures the report contains and worry about the most important bit of putting them into action. In today’s Gospel, Jesus is given the challenge by a scribe to tell him which is the most important Commandment of all the Jewish Faith. This is a daunting task considering there have been many rules and regulations that have built up over the thousands of years of the faith being lived. Jesus summarises the essence of faith into His law of love; He says, ‘This is the first: Listen, Israel, the Lord your God is the one Lord, and you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: You must love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.’

Jesus tells us, His followers, that we must love God with our total being and love our neighbour as much as we love ourselves. If this commandment was truly lived, how transformed our society would be. At first inspection we might say that the first part is easy. Loving God is not difficult. But yet Jesus does say it must be with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. That means total commitment to God. It means practising our faith each Sunday, being people of daily prayer. God cannot be an afterthought or something we pull out when life gets difficult for us. That now is a real challenge. Likewise, loving our neighbour as ourselves; how often do we leave church renewed and refreshed only to get into rows with family, friends or strangers? Let us ask the Lord for the Grace to live this Commandment in our daily lives this week.

Fr. Eoin

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