Love God, love neighbor; all law is based on these

October 26, 2014 • Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Laws are for people who don’t know how to love. That would be all of us at one time or another. We need laws to guide us to do the right thing when we are incapable of acting or thinking in a loving way. But love is better. If we loved perfectly, there would be no need for laws. If we loved God perfectly, we would not hurt or harm our neighbor, because we would see in our neighbor’s face the face of our Beloved.

If we allowed our whole being to be possessed by God, our whole heart, soul, and mind--or as it is put in classical theology, intellect, memory, and will--then we would know what was right and how to treat our neighbor. Not only would we know what was right, we would want to do that thing and would love the other person enough to do it joyfully, for the sake of God.


Because we are not perfect in love, or anything else, Jesus came with great love to teach us how to love. With great compassion, he showed us how to treat one another, both in his teaching and in his life, death, and resurrection. We have before us many examples of those who have lived this law of love and life. The Thessalonians in their great faith under difficult conditions were an example to others in their own time. Exodus gives us many examples of ways in which we are to treat others with justice and compassion: we are not to deprive another of his or her only shelter from cold; we are to use our financial resources to help and not to oppress others. These are just a few examples. The law cannot cover everything. Only love can teach us what we are to do. Only love.

Today’s Readings: Ex 22:20-26; Ps 18:2-4, 47, 51; 1 Thes 1:5c-10; Mt 22:34-40



Friday, October 31st
5:00 p.m.-- Anticipated Mass


All Soul’s Day Schedule

Saturday, November 1st
9:00 am--Mass at Our Lady of Peace (Collective Mass)
10:00 am--Blessing at Holy Angels Cemetery

Saturday, November 1st
9:00 am--Mass at St. Joseph’s Church
10:00am--Blessings at St. Joseph’s Cemetery

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Blessing at Holy Angels Cemetery.
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