Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Published on Nov 3rd, 2018 by Parish Office | 0

31st Sunday in Ordinary time

My Dear St. Bernadette Family,

It’s a human quirk that we can disassociate two things that go together. Love and marriage, cookies and milk, sleep and health, touch and healing are some examples of things that are essential to each other. Today’s gospel gives us the ultimate example: Love of God and love of neighbor. The point of today’s lesson is that the two are really only one. They cannot be separated. The apostles taught on this in their letters, that if we say we love God but not our neighbor, we are a liar. Probably we are really fooling ourselves.

Our faith journey, then is not all focused on our relationship with God. This might seem easier and a lot less messy than loving our neighbor, but the two cannot be separated. Work at human relationships, loving, reconciling, forgiving, tolerating, compassion, serving, helping, praying for others, all these are skills needed to fulfill these two commands.

Additionally, the more we are successful at the above virtues, the more we will experience God’s love, compassion, forgiveness, etc. On the other hand, refusing to forgive, not caring about others, or not helping someone in need prevents us from knowing God’s ever present love.

Let us pray that, like the Scribe, we will understand these things!

With Love,

Fr. Tom

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