Love Our Neighbors

29 Oct 2017 by SHRCChurch, Comments Off on Love Our Neighbors

In today’s first reading we find a motif repeated over and over again in the Old Testament. In the society of God’s chosen people, the most vulnerable were the widows, the orphan’s and resident aliens. None of these had any rights in the Jewish law of those times, (e.g. They could not claim to own property, or could not take anyone to court.) Therefore God wanted his people to be especially considerate of them and never to take advantage of their powerlessness.

The Gospels tell us that Jesus during His public ministry was especially committed to helping the most vulnerable in His day. “Blessed are the poor, etc.” Why? Because God loves them just as much as anyone else, perhaps even more, because they have no security except in God. It is hardly surprising, therefore, in today’s gospel to hear Jesus affirming that we are to love (not just tolerate) our neighbor as ourselves.

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