Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: October 29, 2017

Love God and NeighborThis is the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time. What is the limit of love? What about for us, Epiphany parishioners and Catholic stewards, living in the 21st century? We are challenged with the same truth Jesus gave the Pharisees – love God above all, with our whole selves, and love our neighbor as ourselves. The real outpouring of love is in our actions. On this stewardship weekend, we are invited to acknowledge and celebrate the amazing ways God loves us. Then we’re asked to determine how we will share that love in our offerings of prayer, giving and sharing.

It’s a process. Entering into the greatest of love relationships with God, we acknowledge God’s incredible, head-over-heals love of us. Then, rooted in that reality, we can assess ourselves… Is God first in my life? Is God’s guidance the basis for my decisions? How much do I choose God’s love when assessing how to use the gifts God has given me? Are spending habits a reflection of God’s direction or my own? The natural outflow of putting God first is love of self and neighbor, and others benefit because of our response to God’s love. Each individual person’s love relationship with God naturally draws them to put their God-given gifts to use for others.

“Love of neighbor is an absolute demand for justice, because charity must manifest itself in actions and structures which respect human dignity, protect human rights, and facilitate human development. To promote justice is to transform structures which block love.” (Synod of Bishops, Justice in the World, 1971)

The Sunday Readings:

  • Exodus 22:20-26 – God tells the people how to treat the poor, alien, orphan or widow - loving your neighbor takes in everyone, especially the most vulnerable and in need.
  • 1 Thessalonians 1:5c-10 – The witness of Christian lives is often more effective than the best preaching.
  • Matthew 22:34-40 – Love God with your entire being, and love God by loving your neighbor as yourself.

Of Note:

  • The Mass for the Louisville Deaf Community will resume its regular schedule (1:00 PM on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays of the month) on October 29, 2017. The 9:00 AM mass will continue to be ASL interpreted.
  • The Feast of All Saints will be celebrated with masses Wednesday, November 1 at 8:30 AM and 7:00 PM.
  • Training for those newly interested in serving as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion is Saturday, November 4, 2017, 9:00 – 11:00 AM in the Worship Center.
  • Mark your calendars now for our Memorial Mass for all the loved ones of our community members who have died during the past year on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 7:00 PM. Come, pray, remember and celebrate.
  • Eucharistic Adoration takes place on the first Fridays, next on November 3, 2017, 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM in the Chapel.
  • The Stewardship receptions (breakfast in the morning) are next weekend, November 4 & 5, 2017.
  • Reflecting on the weekend scriptures can greatly enhance your prayer. Access them on the front page of our website or at USCCB, or contact Linda in the office to purchase a print copy of At Home with the Word.