Pastor's Desk 31st Sunday

Posted 29th October 2021 in Pastor's Desk

When one of the scribes comes up to Jesus and puts the question to him ‘Which is the first of all the commandments?’ Jesus does not delay and spells out clearly the guidelines for good Christian living. He says that God’s commandments can be reduced to two: love of God and love of our neighbour. We are to love God with all we’ve got and, as if that is not enough, we are to love our neighbour as ourselves.

So, Jesus is essentially telling us that the core message of the gospel is love of God and of all others. Our love of God is so interwoven with love of our neighbour that it’s often difficult to strike the right balance. Living out this commandment to love is not easy and is very challenging at the best of times. If we were to take our home life as an example we can get into the habit of taking others for granted and fail to respect them as individuals. Sometimes we can choose to ignore each other and fail to recognise those who desperately need our love. When we are strengthened by the Spirit  we are able to live in love and transform ourselves and the lives of others.

As we draw Mission Month to a conclusion today may this Mission of Love be in our hearts today and always.

Fr. Gerry