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.

 

 

7 Comment(s)

  • Jim Zegers: Friday, October 24, 2014

    Thanks Sr. Fran for reminding us that neighbors of many kinds are close at hand. Now to act....


  • Marie: Friday, October 24, 2014

    Sr. Fran you are so right as Jesus stated if we have love everything else will fall in place.


  • Loretta: Friday, October 24, 2014

    Dear Sister Fran,
    Thank you for the inspiration to write, "Love God and love your neighbor" at the top of my to-do list. I'm actually going to write that on my list every day to remind me of what my priorities are. You have certainly lived your life putting God and His people first! My newest inspiration from you has been to embrace the cause to end human trafficking, as seen in the last newsletter. My prayers are with you!
    God bless you!!! Loretta


  • Nadalie: Friday, October 24, 2014

    Thank you Sister Francis, I really enjoy your reflections on the Sunday scripture.


  • sr.martin: Saturday, October 25, 2014

    Thanks for showing us how to love.


  • Bert: Sunday, October 26, 2014

    Thanks Sister Fran for the reminder of the many ways we see and reach out to our neighbor.


  • Mary & Mary K: Monday, October 27, 2014

    Thanks, Sister Fran. We appreciated your thoughts on this week's Gospel....so simple...so hard. We will try harder