Today’s the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Find the Mass Readings here: 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 4, 2018
When I hear the Great Commandment: “Love God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength… and love your neighbor as yourself,” I can’t help but hear that as yourself part speaking to me loud and clear.
Should I love myself?
How should I love myself?
I think as Catholics, sometimes we get carried away when trying to practice humility, and we forget that it’s healthy to love ourselves. And we forget that God loves us with an infinite love. And we downplay our worth.
But I think we need to love ourselves well, before we can love our neighbor as ourselves.
There are so many great posts to read today, over on Instagram. But these five really stuck out to me. I hope you’ll follow these wonderful accounts and the #MyMassTakeaway hashtag, too!
I love Amy’s reflection.
It’s almost like reading my own examination of conscience. My favorite thing is that each she follows up each failing with a prayer to do better.
It brought me a lot of peace to read today.
Mary’s post was extra special to me, because I’m preparing my 2nd grade religious education students to receive their First Penance in December.
They’re so scared, and that’s natural.
But I want them to see and understand the great gift of confession.
I want them to know the goodness of God, the relief of being washed completely cleaned, of your sins being gone forever.
We should be sorry for our sins, yes, absolutely. But we should never forget that God’s mercy is bigger than our biggest sins.
You know, it’s funny, this stuck in my head today, too.
I was singing it on and off, on our hike. God is so good, and it’s a beautiful day, and we were made to give him glory!
I love Rakhi’s admonishment to love our neighbor even when it’s hard to do. To put ourselves in their shoes.
And the reminder that we can’t love God if we say we hate our neighbor. I usually think of it the other way around – love of God helps us love our neighbor. But she’s right, it goes both ways.
Excellent reflection, read it below!
Also, Rakhi’s art is just gorgeous – definitely check it out.
Christine really touched my heart with her reflection about breaking the barriers of love. It’s so hard when there are things between us and our loved ones.
I’ve had some tough barriers to break through in my life. And man, it hurts so bad. Sometimes I think it’s just going to be the end.
But then, the thing that stands between us is gone. And our love is stronger than ever.
Time to break down those walls that stand between me and God. It may be hard, but so worth it.
I want to know your Mass Takeaway too! Comment with your thoughts on the readings, your pastor’s homily, or anything that struck you during your time at Mass.