love
The great commandment! Love of God and love of neighbour. Everything depends on love.

Dear Parishioner,

The great commandment! Love of God and love of neighbour. Everything depends on love. All we have to do is hear these words of our Lord to realize that love is at the basis of all of our life if we want to follow Him. But we tend to find reasons not to love one another. That seems to be part of our being. We don’t look for sin but we often avoid the good that we could do. This commandment of love is found also in the Old Testament, the Jewish Scriptures. Jesus makes it clearer to us. In the Book of Exodus today, we hear some of the early formulations of how to love others and a practical description of the people who should be loved; widows, orphans and the poor demand particular attention in terms of love. Today we would focus on those who are the outcasts of society: the abusers, the ugly people, those who have personality disorders, etc. Every age has people that it marginalizes. The Gospel of Matthew today once again generalizes: love God and love your neighbour. We can recall the story of the Good Samaritan to remind us that our neighbour is everyone who is in need in any way. This is a call to universal love. It is not an invitation to try to figure out those whom we don’t have to love. Our Church is still struggling with how to love those who don’t follow the rules, how to love those who do not conform, how to love those who reject the teachings of our Church. This is all part of learning how to love. Today the First Letter to the Thessalonians reminds us that our challenge is receiving the word with joy from the Holy Spirit, in times of great affliction. This tells us that it is not always easy to understand what it means to love, that sometimes trying to love will put us in great danger and yet we will receive joy from the Holy Spirit as we struggle to be faithful to the Word. In a family or in a religious community or in a parish community, it is not easy to love those who reject the way of life of the family, of the religious community or of the parish. Loving these people does not mean rejecting the way of life handed down to us in the Lord. It does mean seeking ways to love those who reject it. This is part of the ongoing challenge of following Jesus Christ. Today, as we hear the Word of God once more, we can commit ourselves to loving others once more and to seeking active ways of love those who cannot follow the way of life that we have received from Jesus. May the Holy Spirit guide us!

You can share this page with someone else:
Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on email
Email

Share:

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on facebook
Facebook

Social Media

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter

Related Posts

News

Advent Activities

We are making an Advent Calendar! Fr. Peter needs your children’s and families homemade pictures to build an Advent Calendar in the Parish Hall.

Read More »
Christ the King
News

Christ the King

Dear Parishioner, Please pray for our parishioners who have died in the past year      We are encouraged because Christ, who suffered and who

Read More »

Try one of these pages

Parish Confession Times

Reconciliation

Below are the times when the Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered in the Parish. If you have been away from the Sacrament for some time and you’re feeling anxious, just let the priest know and they will guide you. If you would prefer, because you’ve been away, you can arrange to meet with a priest outside of the Parish Confession times. Just fill in the form below and we will be in touch.

The Sacrament of Confession is currently not available at our normal times. However, we can announce that the Sacrament of Confession will now be available on Saturdays 10:00am – 11:00am.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is not available are present due to the lockdown.

Thursday

Saturday



8:00 – 8:30 PM

10:00 – 11:00 AM

4:00 – 5:00 PM

7:00 – 7:25 PM

Extra Confession times are available during Advent, Lent and Holy Week. Check the bulletin or news page for details in these periods.