The central theme of today’s readings is the greatest commandment in the Bible, namely, to respond to God’s love for us by loving Him, and then to express that love in action by loving Him living in our neighbor. Our love for God is tested and put into practice by the way we love our neighbor.
The first reading, taken from Exodus explains the second greatest commandment, namely, loving one’s neighbors, especially the underprivileged. The chosen people of Israel should remember that once they were aliens in the land of Egypt. Just as God protected them and treated them kindly, so they are to protect others and treat them with kindness. Thus, they should become a humane society rooted in the basic religious concept of loving God living in their neighbor.
In the second reading, St. Paul congratulates the Thessalonians on the positive effects of their example of loving one another as Jesus had commanded them to do. Their mutual love and their loving reception of Paul and response to his preaching has bolstered the Faith of Christians elsewhere who have heard about them.
In the Gospel today, Jesus combines the commandment to love God with the commandment to love one’s neighbor and gives the result as the one Commandment of supreme importance in Christian life. Jesus underlines the principle that we are to love our neighbor as we love ourselves because, as God’s children, both of us bear God’s image, and to honor God’s image is to honor Him. Love for our neighbor should not be a matter of feelings, but of deeds by which we share with others the unmerited love that God lavishes on us.Read more ...
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On Saturday afternoon, Sept. 19, 1846, two children — Maximin Guiraud (age 11) and Melanie Calvat (age 14) — were tending sheep for their employers near La Salette in the French Alps. The effects of the French Revolution which had terrorized the Church, the blood spilt during the reign of Napoleon,...
Here are some resources for prayer and worship during this time of crisis to stay connected with you faith
Today’s parable presents us with two sons, neither of whom is perfect. One son is a bit defiant, and the other has no follow-through. What if we replaced the word “Son” with “Disciple,” and placed ourselves in the passage? Obviously, the perfect disciple is the one who confidently says YES and goes and does the work set before him, but most of us are not perfect in our discipleship.
A Special Mass for our Catechists who will be teaching in School Year 2020-2021 will be held this Sunday, September 13, 2020
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic, Bishop Larry Silva extends the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass to all the people of the Diocese of Honolulu and all visitors to the Diocese of Honolulu through October 31, 2020. All who are able to attend Sunday Mass without putting themselves or others at serious risk of infection; are encouraged to do so, but are not obliged to
For School Year 2020-2021, some changes will be taking place in the classroom size. Attendance to the Classes will be limited to adhere to the social distancing mandate. Available Classes will be for those children who are preparing or in need of receiving the following sacraments: Reconciliation, Confirmation and Communion.Read more ...