Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Today's "to-do" list: Love God and love
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
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
- 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
- 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
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.
'Year of Faith'
Moral Life -- Do Not Steal; Act Justly
|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
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