Church of St Francis of Assisi

Church Bulletin 19 October 2014

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Weekly Reflection

"You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. You must love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments hang the whole Law, and the Prophets also."

Matthew 22:34-40

In this week's Gospel, the Pharisees put a confusing question to Jesus, "Which is the greatest commandment given by God?" This mind-blogging question was answered in two simple sentences: Love God. Love neighbour. 

A story is told of a pious lady who attends Mass without fail every morning. She will walk to the church with her head bowed in prayer, not noticing anything around her. One day, she went on her usual route to Mass. Her head was bowed in prayer as she walked past beggars, homeless and an accident that happened before her eyes. When she finally arrived at her destination, she looked up to see a note pasted on the church's doors: God is out there!

This story seems a bit extreme but is a good reflection for us. God is not only present in the church. He is present in the Church. The Church is made up of a community of believers which includes the poor and the rich, the homeless and the housed, the uneducated and the educated. Loving God does not mean just attending Mass, serving in ministries, etc. It also means serving our families and neighbours in love.

You cannot claim to love God if you do not love the people around you. This is the basis of God's perfect law.