From the Pastor's Desk

QUESTION OF THE WEEK:
Do I put these two commandments above all others in the way that I live my life? Do I see the face of Jesus in my neighbor?

The central message of today’s readings is the most fundamental principle of all religions, especially Christianity. It is to love God in loving others and to love others in loving God. In other words, it is loving God living in others. The prayers, bible reading, sacraments, sacrifices and all other religious practices are meant to help us grow in this relationship of love.

Scripture lessons: The first reading presents Moses as explaining the Law to the Israelites after his return from Mount Sinai. He tries to make the people reverence and obey the Law as something that will bring them dignity and purpose, stature and distinction and a unique place in history. He reminds us to love God by keeping His commandments. He also describes the blessings reserved for those who obey the commandments.

The second reading tells us how Jesus, the eternal and holy high priest, offered himself as a sacrifice on the cross to demonstrate God’s love for us. Paul affirms that Jesus, the new High Priest, is superior to the old High Priests for three reasons: a) He doesn’t die and so doesn’t need to be replaced generation after generation. b) He is sinless, so he need not offer sacrifices for his own sins. c) The Jewish priests were appointed according to the Law, but Jesus is appointed by the word of God.

In today’s gospel a Scribe asked Jesus to summarize the most important of the Mosaic Laws in one sentence. Jesus cited the first sentence of the Jewish Shema prayer: "Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is Lord alone! Therefore, you shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength" (Deuteronomy 6:4). Then He added its complementary law: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself"(Leviticus 19:18). Thus, Jesus says that true religion is loving God and loving our fellow human beings at the same time, which means the only way a person can demonstrate real love of God is by showing genuine, active love for his neighbor.

Life Messages: #1: How do we love God? We must keep God’s commandments, and offer daily prayers of thanksgiving, praise and petition. We must also read and meditate on His word in the Bible, and attend Mass and other liturgical functions. If I am going to love God with all my heart, soul, mind and strength, then I am going to have to place His will ahead of mine. It means that I may have to say no to some things that I might want to do. It means that I am going to have to seek the Lord’s will and make it paramount in my life.

#2: Loving our neighbor: This means that we have to help, support, encourage, forgive, and pray for everyone, without discrimination based on color, race, gender, age wealth or social status. If I am going to love my neighbor as I love myself, it will cost me as well! I may have to seek forgiveness when I have done no wrong. I may have to sacrifice something I think I need to meet a brother’s need. I may have to give up time to help someone. I may have to spend time in prayer for people, go to them, and The central message of today’s readings is the most fundamental principle of all religions, especially Christianity. It is to love God in loving others and to love others in loving God. In other words, it is loving God living in others. The prayers, bible reading, sacraments, sacrifices and all other religious practices are meant to help us grow in this relationship of love.

Scripture lessons: The first reading presents Moses as explaining the Law to the Israelites after his return from Mount Sinai. He tries to make the people reverence and obey the Law as something that will bring them dignity and purpose, stature and distinction and a unique place in history. He reminds us to love God by keeping His commandments. He also describes the blessings reserved for those who obey the commandments.

The second reading tells us how Jesus, the eternal and holy high priest, offered himself as a sacrifice on the cross to demonstrate God’s love for us. Paul affirms that Jesus, the new High Priest, is superior to the old High Priests for three reasons: a) He doesn’t die and so doesn’t need to be replaced generation after generation. b) He is sinless, so he need not offer sacrifices for his own sins. c) The Jewish priests were appointed according to the Law, but Jesus is appointed by the word of God.

In today’s gospel a Scribe asked Jesus to summarize the most important of the Mosaic Laws in one sentence. Jesus cited the first sentence of the Jewish Shema prayer: "Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is Lord alone! Therefore, you shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength" (Deuteronomy 6:4). Then He added its complementary law: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself"(Leviticus 19:18). Thus, Jesus says that true religion is loving God and loving our fellow human beings at the same time, which means the only way a person can demonstrate real love of God is by showing genuine, active love for his neighbor.

Life Messages: #1: How do we love God? We must keep God’s commandments, and offer daily prayers of thanksgiving, praise and petition. We must also read and meditate on His word in the Bible, and attend Mass and other liturgical functions. If I am going to love God with all my heart, soul, mind and strength, then I am going to have to place His will ahead of mine. It means that I may have to say no to some things that I might want to do. It means that I am going to have to seek the Lord’s will and make it paramount in my life.

#2: Loving our neighbor: This means that we have to help, support, encourage, forgive, and pray for everyone, without discrimination based on color, race, gender, age wealth or social status. If I am going to love my neighbor as I love myself, it will cost me as well! I may have to seek forgiveness when I have done no wrong. I may have to sacrifice something I think I need to meet a brother’s need. I may have to give up time to help someone. I may have to spend time in prayer for people, go to them, and reach out to them in the name of the Lord.

Fr. Gus. MS, Pastor

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