|Pray SV (2017-2018)
#8 – October 29 This week Fr. John Milton, C.S.V. shares his reflections on the readings for the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
|Matthew 22: 34 – 40
The “law,” the sum total of all the ways in which we are to relate to God and to one another, is condensed into two grammatically simple, but very demanding, expressions. “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.”
Two examples from the book of Exodus precede these words from Matthew’s Gospel. These examples tell us that neighbor-love relates to our treatment of the least among us. Among these least, Exodus identifies aliens, uncared-for widows, and orphans. How do we, as individuals and ln the social and economic setting of our own time, put flesh on the “neighbor” we are told to love? (To love as ourselves! Imagine!) How does acting justly in the economic order put restraints on what we can do for economic gain, for the accumulation of wealth?
|–Fr. John Milton, C.S.V. served as Physics instructor at Saint Viator High School for more than 20 years.|