Scripture Reading: Matthew 22:34-40

In our Gospel this Sunday, the Pharisees sent one of their members, a law scholar, to ask our Lord Jesus Christ which was the greatest of the commandments. Our Lord Jesus Christ puts these commandments (love of God and love of neighbour) as the greatest. FOR OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST LOVE OF GOD AND LOVE OF NEIGHBOUR GO HAND IN HAND, AND THE WORDS OF AN OLD SONG: “YOU CAN‘T HAVE ONE WITHOUT THE OTHER.” IT IS IMPOSSIBLE. The first reading for today‘s Sunday from Exodus gives us an insight into whom our neighbour is. Our neighbour is the alien, the widow, the orphan, the poor, the persons in need.

There is a certain man who goes to daily Mass and communion but sad to say this man is a tyrant at home to his family and treats his workers badly; always owing salaries and careless about the wellbeing of his relatives. He is self-centred and always blame the poor who come to him for help. He goes to Mass daily, is faithful to his prayers and even goes on pilgrimage to Jerusalem, Lourdes and Rome yet this man does not even care to know why his relative‘s children are out of school. The man in the story felt he loved God with his whole heart even though he neglected to love his neighbour (his extended family).

On the other hand, a certain young woman who was brought up as a Catholic recently scandalised her parents by saying that she was no longer going to Church since she believed that in loving and serving the neighbour, she is automatically loving God. It is, however, important to know that prayers and Mass, celebrating the sacraments are vital expressions of our love of God.

It seems then that some people emphasize the love of God in such a way that makes the relationship with one‘s neighbour secondary. Others prefer to give great importance to serving the neighbour without feeling the need to have a personal relationship with God. Interestingly, loving God is the first and greatest commandment. It is from that relationship with God that the love of neighbour gets its meaning. The two loves are not meant to be conflicting. It is not a ques- tion of either one or the other but both’.

MASS: GREEN THIRTIETH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR(A); Exo 22:21-27; Ps 18:2—3a.3bc-4.47 and 51ab(R.2); 1 Thess 1:50-10; Accl Jn 14:23; Gospel Mt 22:34-40

Prayer Points:

1. Take the prayer of Daily Consecration to God, section A of DSD

2. Take the prayer for Charity in DSD Manual Chapter Five

3. Take meditativer the prayer of St, Alphonsus Liguori in Section A of DSD.

4. Pray as the Holy Spirit directs you.

Exercise: Be open to God and your neighbour. RE- MEMBER TO CONTINUE PRAYING THE ROSARY OF MOTHER OF PERPETUAL HELP IN DSD SEC- TION Afrom 11th -31st Oct.

Meditation: 1 John 4:20