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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.


5th Sunday of Easter: The cost of the commandment to love. Catholic Inspiration

We all know that Jesus commands us to love one another, but all too often we overlook the sacrifice it takes to follow the teaching and example of Jesus. All three readings today point out that there will be a cost…and we will pay it with our lives.

Mass Readings – 5th Sunday of Easter

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Daily Mass: Friendship with God, built on love. Catholic Inspiration

This beautiful passage from the Gospel of John offers a profound reflection on the nature of God’s love for our lives.  Flowing from the Father, divine love is meant to touch our hearts and pass through us into the diverse relationships of daily life.

Mass Readings – Feast of St. Matthias, Apostle

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Daily Mass: Put first things first…love God and one another! Catholic Inspiration

Jesus takes the 10 Commandments and simplifies them down to two.  This focus allows us to concentrate our efforts on what is most important in the life of faith: loving God and one another.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 3rd Week of Lent

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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. 


Daily Mass: Love is the Greatest Commandment. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Friday of the 20th Week of the Year

Love – the Greatest Commandment – offers us an insight into the depth and breadth of the love that God has for us.  Pause for a moment and reflect on a time when you experienced love in a blessed way.  Now live that love today!

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Daily Mass: You are Salt and Light. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 10th Week of the Year (St. Anthony of Padua)

The Lord describes us as Salt and Light, two things that while good in themselves are also precious when shared with others.  With salt our food is tasty and preserved; with light we can see and find our way on the journey of life.  May we share our lives with one another, giving glory to God for blessings we have received.

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