Jesus tells us the two great commandments are to love God above all things and to love our neighbor as ourselves. The question is who is our neighbor and do we have to love those who are difficult to love? Jesus must have smiled when asked who exactly is our neighbor. For the Jews their neighbor was a fellow Jew.
To expand their understanding of neighbor he tells them the story of the Good Samaritan. He challenges them to see that God’s definition of our neighbor went far beyond theirs. In the parable he shows them how wide God’s love and mercy is toward every human being .
And so it is with us. Who do we consider our neighbor ? Are we prepared to do good for others for their sake, just as God is good to us ? Do we love the unborn, the incarcerated, the homeless or the foreigner in our environment? Let us pray that we may be free from fear or self-concern that limits our ability to freely love. Remember Jesus loved us so much that laid down his life for our sake. He also did that for our neighbor !
DeColores, Deacon Doug
Join us in prayer!
We encourage you to join us as we recite the Holy Rosary every night at 8PM! On Wednesdays, we pray the rosary via Zoom with the rector and rectora.
Resources for those not able to attend Mass
Daily Readings in English and Spanish from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:
Prayers, readings for Mass, and additional spiritual readings are available at:
“Give Us This Day” a digital file of their periodical, which includes daily Mass texts. Visit GUTD.net and select “Digital” in the upper right of the screen.