You are not far from the Kingdom of God

Reflection for the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time by FAN Board Member, Br. Paul Crawford, OFM, Cap.

This reflection was originally posted in our October 29th newsletter

heart.bookThis Sunday, in the Gospel of Mark, we see that one of the scribes came to Jesus and asked him, “Which is the first of all the commandments?”

Was this a test, or was it asked to help the scribe and perhaps all of us to become more focused on what is most important?

Not sure, but Jesus’s answer put together two commandments. “The Lord our God is Lord alone! You should love your God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind, and with all our strength. You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Or, as St. Augustine called it, “The rule of love.”

Too many of us believe that our Practice of Religion is a personal and a private matter and that is true to the extent that we realize that God speaks to a people, and that God calls us to be His hands, and feet and voice on this earth.

What we do speaks so much louder than what we say. How we treat others, how we extend our lives to embrace others is very important to how others discover God’s love and concern for them.

Realizing God’s love for us brings us to share this good news with our neighbors.

As we prepare to vote this Tuesday and continue to prepare for Thanksgiving, let us also share God’s love and gifts with others.

Moses said it so well in this week’s first reading, “Therefore you shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength.”

Br. Paul Crawford, OFM Cap.
FAN Board Member

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