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The 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

This week we celebrate the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time. The Pharisees are taking their turn at testing Jesus.  They utilized the 10 Commandments from the Old Testament as their “test” – “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”                 Jesus responds with two commandments that are truly the basis for life then and now.  To love God “with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind” and “love your neighbor as yourself” are the mainstay of what Jesus was trying to teach the disciples. The message to the Pharisees is:  All of Jewish Law & the prophets are based on these two commandments.  Many of the Pharisees do not understand and pursue the journey to Calvary. The followers of Jesus experience Jesus’ example: kind, loving, and caring to ALL – the poor, the needy, the lame, the downtrodden – the list can go on… as we link both love of God (as Jesus) and our neighbor intrinsically to loving ourselves.  Without the two commandments there is emptiness within and throughout actions.  We are “shells” without loving God, others, and ourselves. What do you think? Take time to reflect...      

 

Notes from Nancy

Thoughts and announcements from our Pastoral Director, Nancy Woodcock. Please leave any questions in the comments.