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7th Sunday of the Year: Putting love into practice


Study: Reflect on a moment when you felt completely and entirely loved.  How did that experience shape your life?

Pray: Is there a person in your life right now who is difficult to love?  Ask the Lord for an infusion of grace!

Serve: How can you say “I love you” with an action?  How can you show others the love in your heart?

Mass Readings – 7th Sunday of the Year

A couple of major themes surface in our readings this week:

  • 1st Reading – Be holy, and love your neighbor as yourself
  • Psalm – “The Lord is kind and merciful.”
  • 2nd Reading – You are the temple of God, which is holy
  • Gospel – Love your neighbor…and your enemy!

In the first reading and Psalm we see the Lord’s command to love one another.  This might catch some people by surprise; after all, the Old Testament is filled with examples where the people of God are anything but loving to those they encounter!  Point: love of neighbor is a clear commandment of God.

The Gospel of Matthew sets the bar higher as Jesus builds on this command and calls us to conversion.  We are not only called to love our neighbors and family, but we are also called to love our enemies and persecutors!  Like last week, Jesus takes the commandments of the Old Testament and moves far beyond them.  We are called to love with our whole heart…loving one another the way God loves us.

The second reading goes in a different direction.  We hear from St. Paul that our bodies are temples of the living God, and as such we encounter the Spirit of God in the person of everyone we meet.

A consideration for today: put the love of God into practice!  We are cherished, treasured, forgiven and esteemed by the Lord – who loves us even on our worst days.  Following this example we can act accordingly…loving those around us with the love of Jesus Christ.


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Note: This post was first published on February 13, 2017.

15th Sunday of the Year: Who is my neighbor?

Study:  Recall a time when you were treated kindly…and you didn’t deserve it.  How did this kindness affect you?

Pray:  Is there someone in your life who is difficult to love?  Ask the Lord for grace and strength.

Serve:  Is there a “neighbor” in your life that you are feeling called to help?  How can you reach out?

Mass Readings – 15th Sunday of the Year

The story of the Good Samaritan takes many of us back to our elementary school days of religious education.  It’s worth taking a moment to examine the structure of the context within which the parable is located in chapter ten of Luke’s Gospel:

  • v. 25 – The lawyer’s question
  • v. 26 – Jesus’ counter-question
  • v. 27 – The lawyer’s response
  • v. 28 – Jesus’ imperative & command
  • v. 29 – The lawyer’s 2nd question
  • v. 30-36 – The Good Samaritan parable
  • v. 37a – The lawyer’s response
  • v. 38b – Jesus’ imperative & command

The first half of this passage pertains to the notion of eternal life and what we must do – loving God and one another.  This is a recap of the two Great Commandments, and we all generally nod our heads in agreement at the lawyer’s answer.

The second half, however, pushes the question “Who is my neighbor?” as Jesus uses the parable to point out that all people – regardless of race, color, religion – are our neighbor.  Remember: the Samaritan is not Jewish, yet fulfills the command of loving the neighbor!

The takeaway for us today happens on many levels:

  1. Our words and actions define us – especially when we are in challenging situations.
  2. Who are the people in my life that are difficult to love?
  3. How might I take steps to love these “neighbors” God sets before me?

While there are many ways to demonstrate our love for the Lord, a clear example occurs when we act in kind and merciful ways toward one another.  May see clearly our neighbors and respond to their needs with the love of Jesus Christ.


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Note: This post was first published on July 4, 2016.

31st Sunday of the Year: We are defined by our love for God and neighbor. Catholic Inspiration

The commandment to love God and neighbor is well known, and it can act as a mission statement that guides every single element of our lives…and helping us to grow as Sons and Daughters of God.

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Daily Mass: The Great Commandments of Love. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus teaches that love – of God and one another – is the greatest commandment.  Why?  Because we are called into relationship with the Lord and each other, and these relationships are nurtured, strengthened and guided by our willingness to love one another as God loves us.

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Daily Mass: Love fulfills the Law. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 31st Week of the Year

Paul reminds us in the Letter to the Romans that the commandment to love our neighbor both sums up and fulfills the law.  Now all we have to do is live it each and every day.


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30th Sunday of the Year: What’s your love language? Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – 30th Sunday of the Year

The command to love requires that we understand our hearts and see the needs of those around us.  As we draw upon the love of Jesus, may we pour out our lives with the abundance of divine love as we share our hearts with one another.


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30th Sunday of the Year: Love.

Study:  Reflect on some people who live their faith through their loving thoughts, words, and actions.

Pray:  Is there a person or situation in your life that calls for greater charity?  Ask the Lord for the wisdom and guidance to do it.

Serve:  Is there someone in your life right now who would benefit from your time, attention, and/or effort?  How can you help?

Mass Readings – 30th Sunday of the Year

What is the central and most important part of being a Christian? What should be the focus around which we build our lives?

The answer is explicit: LOVE.

Jesus takes the two commands, love of God and love of neighbor and links them as the heart of the Christian message – from which the teaching of the entire Scriptures finds its soul. Love is the sign of the Church, it is the proof of faith, and it is the reality which reveals to others the depth of our commitment as disciples of Jesus Christ.

But what do these commands mean for us? After all, the question for each of us is “How does the law of Love affect me? How do these commands shape my life?”
I look at this from three different angles:

* By how I THINK.
* By how I SPEAK.
* By how I ACT.

In other words, do my thoughts, words, and actions reveal the law of love in my life? When I look at myself in each of these areas do I measure up with the commands of Jesus?

Imagine that each of these parts of life could be made into a movie. I see myself watching “The Thoughts of Fr. Andrew,” followed by “The Words of Fr. Andrew,” and then “The Actions of Fr. Andrew.” Do I like what I see on the screen?

When we come to the end of our lives, I doubt if many of us will wish we had worked more, or earned more money, or bought more things. In the end I expect most of us will wish we had spent more time loving the people in our lives – through what we thought, said, and did.

This love, which comes from God, is intended for us to share while we are here on earth. Our faith tells us that one day the Lord will call us home. On that day may we find ourselves prepared; having loved one another in this life we will then step into eternal Love in the Kingdom of Heaven.

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Note: This blog was first published on October 20, 2014.