Weekly Reflections

Reflection for Oct. 26, 2014

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Today's "to-do" list: Love God and love neighbor


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by Sister Francis Bangert

Today Jesus, the Master Teacher, responds to a trick question put to him by a religious lawyer, "Which commandment in the law is the greatest?"

There were 600+ regulations in the law of Moses. Jesus narrows them down to simply two: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself." To do these two is to carry out all the others.

So who is my neighbor, according to Jesus?  To name just a few:

  • the immigrant seeking a better life
  • the homeless child facing tremendous odds
  • the woman, man, or child trafficked right under our eyes
  • the person released from incarceration, genuinely wanting to "start over"
  • the elderly neighbor, isolated and lonely

How might Green Bay, Brown County, the state of Wisconsin, the USA, our world look different if all who call themselves a follower of Jesus would live these two laws ... both in word and in action.




Reflection for Sept. 29, 2013

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

God remembers how we love one another


by Sister Mary Kabat

We cannot help but be challenged by the Scripture readings for this weekend.  The readings ask the question I believe God will ask us upon our death, "Did you love your neighbor?"

The prophet Amos chastises the complacent people living in comfort and having more than enough to eat who do not see the people lacking basic necessities. The passage from Luke's Gospel is the story of the beggar Lazarus who sat at the door of a rich man's home and would have been happy to receive the scraps from the rich man's table.  Now after death Lazarus is with God and the rich man is begging for relief from his suffering.

When I go to Mass I sometimes see a few homeless men sitting outside on the church steps or inside if the weather is bad.  I always greet them and wish I could do more. This week I saw four lunch bags set on the steps labeled Lunch 1, Lunch 2 and so on.  I knew someone had put their care and concern to action.  Such kindnesses are seen and remembered by God.

Celebrating the 'Year of Faith'

Moral Life -- Do Not Steal; Act Justly


About this series
DID YOU KNOW: The first Three Commandments concern love and fidelity to God, while the other seven speak of love and forgiveness of neighbor as an expression of God's love.

Chapter 31, US Catholic Catechism for Adults

You Shall Not Steal.
Seventh Commandment

by Sister Laura Zelten

The Seventh Commandment forbids theft, which is taking of another's property against his/her will. This is a matter of justice as we must respect the property rights of others.

Stealing, however, is more encompassing than just the unlawful taking of someone else's things. Stealing also includes cheating, doing shoddy work on the job and vandalism.

"Rather, let justice surge like waters, and righteousness like an unfailing stream." -- Amos 5:24

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