Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI
Reflection for Oct. 29, 2023

Reflection for Oct. 29, 2023

The whole of God's law depends on these

Love of God and neighbor goes beyond emotions

by Sister Charlene Hockers

“You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart,
with all your soul, and with all your mind …
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

(Mt. 22:37-39)

Have we heard this before? Yes, many times. We know that Jesus tells us this is the greatest commandment. Do we believe this? Do we live like that?

We all have priorities in our life. What is our most important one? Jesus tells us that love of God and neighbor should form the framework of our lives and inspire all our actions. We need to place God at the center of our lives.

Love of God and of neighbor are really just one commandment. Our love for God is expressed in the care and concern we show for others. The smallest of actions done out of love reflect our love of God in the faces of those for whom we care. The love we give to God and to each other show that we are Christ’s disciples.

We need to remember that love is not always something we feel. Love goes beyond emotions. It’s not so much what we feel as how we act. To show we love God, we need to make time to be with Jesus in prayer, even if we don’t feel like it.  To show we love our neighbor, we need to care for them, even in small ways.

Can we make this a priority in our life? We can do this by:

  • Smile and greet those you meet every day.
  • Give a helping hand when you see someone who needs it.
  • Be aware of God’s presence in nature, yourself and those around you.
  • Giving time to someone when you need to put aside your own need.

And many other ways that come your way each day.


Sister Laura Zelten
10/27/2023 6:44 am

Thank you Charlene for your reflection. You gave us some great tips on how to make love real in our everyday life.

Marlene Burton
10/27/2023 8:59 am

Sister Charlene---I was in the middle of writing my homily on Sunday's readings for the residents at Angels' Touch. On Mondays we have a prayer service and bring them Holy Communion. Your beautiful refection has given me much food for thought as I write my homily. Thank you so much for your inspiration as I write.



10/27/2023 9:15 am

Thank you, Sister Charlene, for the inspiring reflection and great reminders on how we can love on others, and ourselves. God's love surrounds us. It's up to us spread it! Blessings

Irene Whatley
10/27/2023 10:25 am

I am at the time of my life when I can’t go out to meet others but I can pray for them. I try to smile whenever I can. Thank you for the inspirations.

10/27/2023 6:57 pm

Be open to waiting on God to direct you.....when to go shopping or go for a walk. There may be someone we need to meet as God plans our day for us!

I find this many times as I'm delayed leaving home because of a phone call, etc. then as I continue my day I meet the people I need to help along the way! People say, "So you talk to strangers?" Yes, every chance I get!!! Or, "You are too nice to people!" Good, it's working!! Love how God works!!

Diann Wimmer
10/28/2023 1:42 pm

Sr. Charlene, I love your suggestions for us to live this Gospel: they are so possible for us to do in our daily lives.

10/28/2023 2:45 pm

Thank you, Charlene, for your reflection. I like the really practical suggestions you give for caring for our neighbor - even if it is in small ways. The little things mean a lot!

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