11/4/18 Weekly Reflection
Nov 6, 2018
We greet you in the name of our Lord Christ Jesus.
May the light of the Holy Spirit of our Lord, the Lord of love, mercy, and compassion shine upon all of us and may He grant us the knowledge, patience and wisdom to understand the richness of His teachings and missions which are intended to nurture our hearts and our lives.
This Sunday we heard again about the two greatest commandments. It is a simple message which should always be on the minds of us all in our daily lives. It is like the less informal, “What would Jesus do?”
Several of the daily gospel readings this week touch on the kingdom of heaven and use the imagery of a banquet. Jesus frequently uses the setting of a meal to illustrate important features of His teaching. We all know the desirability of a family sitting down together and not only sharing food, but time and conversation together. We also know how difficult it is to get the family together for such an important event. Meal time together signifies something special about those invited and those that are present. Sometimes it also says something significant about those that are not present or not invited.
With that in mind, we have a very important event this week. We are called to exercise our right to vote and in that simple act we help determine how our laws, and governance relate to the two great commandments and whom we invite to share in bounty of freedom and prosperity that this great country offers. Matthew 25: 31-46 is Jesus further explanation of how His followers are to love your neighbor, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and give shelter to the homeless.
Voting is one way we preach the Gospel with our lives.
-Deacon Steve Haut