Reflection for 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Pius X | News
24 Oct 2020

The gospel today highlights the two commandments which Jesus describes as the greatest:  love of God and love of neighbor.  No matter how often we hear these words we are struck by the demand they place upon us.  Loving our neighbor as ourselves is a necessary element in giving our hearts and minds to God and that is where the challenge lies.  It is wonderful in theory but difficult to put into practice.  Make no mistake, our religion becomes an escape and our holiness an illusion if we pray daily, go to church on Sundays, yet cut ourselves off from the people who are worshipping under the same roof as ourselves. God cares about how we treat others, because everyone is made in God’s image and likeness.  We are being asked to have a good look at those shadowy nooks and crannies of our lives which are sealed off from God, to profess that we love God while remaining indifferent to the plight of others is a contradiction.  We all want love to be a thornless rose, smooth and velvet to the touch but if we are following Christ, we will find that it involves sacrifice and the shadow of the cross.  From his birth in a stable as one who was homeless, to his death on the cross as a common criminal, Jesus always identified with the spiritually, physically and materially poor of this world.  This gospel is not an ideal to be admired but a way of life to be lived if we are to walk humbly with our God.