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October 31, 2021

Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

A scribe askes Jesus, “Which is the first of all the commandments?” in today’s Gospel.  Jesus tells the scribe that love of God and love of neighbor are the essence of what God commands.  He goes on to say that “There is no other commandment greater than these.” 

We discover quickly as we listen to this interchange between Jesus and the scribe that when our words and deeds are motivated by love we are truly living as members of the kingdom of God. 

Moses speaks to the people in our first reading today calling them to hear.  He says, “Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.”  He instructs the people of Israel to love God with all their hearts, their souls, and their strength. 

In our journey of faith, we are constantly called to grow in our love of God and our neighbors.  This love demands everything from us – all our time, energy, and strength.  I encourage you to look at how you are doing as a disciple – be attentive today to the quality of your love for God and others.  Always devote yourself to living more deeply into the self-giving love that Jesus modeled for us on the cross. 

A question for your reflection:  When do you find it most difficult to “love your neighbor as yourself?”

All Saints Day provides you with a wonderful opportunity to examine the life of a saint and discover how he/she lived as a disciple. 

Have a blessed week!  Fr. Len

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