Sunday 25 October 2020
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Exodus 22:20-26. I love you, Lord, my strength – Psalm 17(18):2-4, 47, 51. 1 Thessalonians 1:5-10. Matthew 22:34-40.
The commandments of love
A hostile questioner asks Jesus to interpret the Law as understood under the Old Covenant.
Of old it had been said simply, ‘Love your God wholeheartedly and your neighbour likewise’. Jesus takes us to a far higher goal by offering the grace to ‘love your enemies, do good to those who hurt you, and pray for those who persecute you.’ He warns: ‘If you love only those who love you, what thanks to you?’ Yet it is an inescapable fact that many of us set our aim at a woolly objective of being nice to those who accept us as nice people.
Lord God, grant us all the grace to become truly Christ-followers, people seeking the new Truth who wants to take us far beyond even the great goodness that was taught before his coming.