Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 25, 2020
“You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.”
— Matthew 22:37
Dear Parish Family,
Jesus was a man of extremes. In His first miracle of changing water into wine at a wedding feast, He provided over one hundred gallons of wine. When He provided food for a hungry crowd of over 5,000, there were 12 wicker baskets filled with leftovers. When the disciples couldn’t catch any fish, He provided over 150 fish. When the disciples complained about Mary, the sister of Lazarus, anointing Jesus’ feet with expensive oil (over 300 days’ wages worth), He defended her abundant generosity.
Jesus was also a man of extremes when it came to talking. He could give long and detailed talks, as He did in His Sermon on the Mount in Matthew’s gospel, and as He did throughout John’s gospel, a gospel of His many words.
In today’s gospel, he went to the other extreme by being a man of few words. He needed just four sentences to describe the greatest commandment, love of God and neighbor. But then maybe many words are not necessary to describe love. Just do it!
In the Word,
First Reading — You shall not oppress an alien, for you yourselves were once aliens in Egypt (Exodus 22:20-26).
Psalm — I love you, Lord, my strength (Psalm 18).
Second Reading — You became imitators of the Lord, so that you became a model for all believers (1 Thessalonians 1:5c-10).
Gospel — You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, and you shall love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:34-40).
Readings for the Week
Monday: Eph 4:32 — 5:8; Ps 1:1-4, 6; Lk 13:10-17
Tuesday: Eph 5:21-33; Ps 128:1-5; Lk 13:18-21
Wednesday: Eph 2:19-22; Ps 19:2-5; Lk 6:12-16
Thursday: Eph 6:10-20; Ps 144:1b, 2, 9-10; Lk 13:31-35
Friday: Phil 1:1-11; Ps 111:1-6; Lk 14:1-6
Saturday: Phil 1:18b-26; Ps 42:2, 3, 5cdef; Lk 14:1, 7-11
Sunday: Rv 7:2-4, 9-14; Ps 24:1-6; 1 Jn 3:1-3; Mt 5:1-12a