Wednesday, September 25, 2013
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.
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
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.
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