#MyMassTakeaway: Love

Today’s the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Find the Mass Readings here: 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 29, 2017

My takeaway:

 

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Not just one answer – but two. #mymasstakeaway and #lovethewordtakeaway in today’s Sunday mass came from Jesus in his reply to “which of these commandments is the greatest?” While our Lord’s answers are typically straight to the heart of the matter – he offers not just one answer but expands it TWO-fold. The greatest is wholehearted love of God, he tells the scholar determined to trip him up in some sort of test – but then he quickly adds that the second is “like it”: to love our neighbor as ourself. We are made in the image of God, and thus that sometimes-annoying co-worker shares that common ground with you despite your perception that you two have nothing in common. In fact, throughout his journeys, Jesus most often seeks first to understand and draw out the fisherman, or the woman tugging on his garments, or the tax collector struggling to see him through the crowds, or the woman at the well…Christ looks beyond the exterior to the heart of the person before him – and that is where he speaks to the sinner or the Saint. The greatest commandment requires us to love God, and the shapes and sizes and attitudes and opinions in the community that surrounds us as our neighbor. As Saint Paul reminds us in the first reading, we are called to imitate Christ, and be a model to others. I know I have a long ways to go in this area! Much to work on, as always!✝️ Have a wonderful week, friends! #tojesussincerely #biblestudyevangelista #sparksthroughstubble

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Be a gift to one another- I like it put this way.It seems easier to understand and do. This was the takeaway from magnifikid (the kids and i use it every Sunday, it is so informative and useful) for this Sunday's gospel reading from Matthew 22: 34-40. Fr. John's homily went something like this: Jesus was asked another trick question: "which commandment in the law is the greatest?" There are 613 commandments in the Hebrew law. He captured all commandments in these 2: "You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind" and "you shall love your neighbour as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments" And they work together as well, you cannot love God and hate your brother or sister, and if you truly love God, you will see others the way He does. We should constantly ask for this grace! We are called to be compassionate towards all and especially towards the neglected and the ones who do not have a voice: the unborn, the sick and oppressed. We have to be courageous and speak for them, be their voice. We have to make sure we are a gift to one another and for our children, the GREATEST GIFT we can give them is the GIFT OF FAITH! + + #MyMasstakeaway #thewordofgod #drawclosertogod #lovegod #godinspired #openjourney #religiousart #christianart #faith #faithjournal #art #ingridblixt #TB2G #matthew22 #sermon #homily #giftoffaith #loveoneanother

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