Sunday

25 Oct 2020

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A Click here for all content for this cycle Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

SUNDAY SUMMARY

Exodus 22:20-26  We must treat the disadvantaged with the compassion of God.

Psalm 18:2-3, 3-4, 47, 51  God is the strength of those who keep faith with the one who saves.

1 Thessalonians 1:5c-10  Through the example of the apostles, some come with joy to faith in Christ.

Matthew 22:34-40  Jesus reveals that love is the greatest commandment of all.

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The inner word

What’s in your heart?

In the first reading, the voice of God warns not to oppress the alien and the widow and take advantage of the needy. How do you promote the just treatment of the vulnerable?

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Exploring the word

In a word, love

Romantics take a beating in this cold cruel world for their stubborn and dreamy insistence that “all you need is love.” Realists view such a wide-eyed allegiance to love harshly. The young dreamers in an old Sonny and Cher song lament the skepticism of their elders: “They say our love won’t pay the rent.”

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In other words

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

When the Pharisees heard how he had bested the Sadducees, they gathered their forces for an assault. One of their religion scholars spoke for them, posing a question they hoped would show him up: “Teacher, which command in God’s Law is the most important?”

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Homily stories

What holy families can look like

In the summer of 2020, our parish, and the world, lost a vessel of unconditional love when Matt died of brain cancer at the age of 55. Matt adored his wife, Katie, and was an incomparable dad to his three kids.

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Homily stories

Rule number one

Mr. Cardinale was rehearsing his lines in his mind. His daughter had missed curfew once again, and she’d already been warned. How often had he told her about curfew—rule number one?

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Homily stories

A whole lot of love

The greatest commandment: Love God with all your heart, soul, and mind, doesn’t really need a second commandment to follow it. But Jesus offers one about loving your neighbor as yourself. Why?

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Homily stories

The cry for justice

I met a community organizer at a number of meetings in the neighborhood. I liked her style, so one day I asked her how she had gotten into her profession. She spoke of her idealism in college, but that it was mostly talk and little action. A trip to India radicalized her as she experienced the sheer enormity of the poverty that she found all around her.

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Prayers

Penitential Act & Prayer of the Faithful

We turn to our God who responds to those who cry out in prayer.

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Quotes

We should strive to keep our hearts open to the sufferings and wretchedness of other people, and pray continually that God may grant us that spirit of compassion which is truly the spirit of God.

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