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July 10th – Won’t you be my neighbor?

Scripture Reflection . . .

First Reading: Deuteronomy 30:10-14                                                                                                                                                                   Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 69                                                                                                                                                                                   Second Reading: Colossians 1:15-20                                                                                                                                                                Gospel: Luke 10: 25-37

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Today’s Scripture Readings remind me of the questions, “Won’t you be my neighbor?” made famous by “Mr. Rogers.” Although we could also ask “Won’t I be your neighbor?”

This reflection is simple today as the message in the Readings is simple; it “is not so mysterious and remote for you.  It is not up in the sky . . . Nor is it across the sea . . .No, it is something near to you, already in your mouths and in your hearts; you have only to carry it out” (Deuteronomy 30).

And the message is:

You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself  

(Luke 10: 25-37)

To paraphrase it:  Love God, love your neighbor, love yourself.

To make it ever more simple:  Love.

And God even shows us what love looks like and how to love:  “Christ Jesus is the image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1: 15-20).

Pope Francis, during this Year of Mercy reminds us to look to Jesus who is the face of God and who shows us the mercy of God.

Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy. These words might well sum up the mystery of the Christian faith. Mercy has become living and visible in Jesus of Nazareth, reaching its culmination in him.  . . . Jesus of Nazareth, by his words, his actions, and his entire person reveals the mercy of God.  Misericordiae Vultus § 1.

We are called to “carry it out,”(Deuteronomy 30:14) and to “Go and do likewise” (Luke 10:37).

Again, the First Reading from Deuteronomy reminds us this ability and call to love is already in us and only has to be nurtured in prayer and listening.  “I pray to you, O Lord, for the time of your favor, O God!  In your great kindness answer me with your constant help” (Psalm 69: 14).

In Our Lives as Sisters of the Holy Redeemer . . .

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This past week has offered many opportunities to seek God’s help to love and to be neighbor to others.

On July 4th we paused for Liturgy to celebrate the gift of freedom – the freedom we have found in our dependence on God.  We then gathered for a picnic to celebrate community.

We welcomed a family visiting from Florida and the relative of one of our Sisters from Germany.

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We listened with the rest of the country and world as the news of violent events unfolded.  We pray for love to be stronger then anger and pray to be neighbor – starting with each other in community.

One Sister began retreat, other Sisters left for a week’s vacation with family.  We value these times to rest, to be renewed to gather with others. To love our God, others and ourselves.

And we celebrate the gifts of creation that God provides and calls us to care for and to share with our neighbors.carrots & beets

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In Your Life . . .

You may wish to reflect on the questions

  • Who is my neighbor?
  • How am I neighbor to others?  How do I treat others with mercy?

We sang this hymn at Mass today and we offer it to you if you wish to pray with it:

The Servant Song by Richard Gillard

Will you let me be your servant
Let me be as Christ to you
Pray that I might have the grace
To let you be my servant too

We are pilgrims on the journey
We are brothers on the road
We are here to help each other
Walk the mile and bear the load

I will hold the Christ light for you
In the night time of your fear
I will hold my hand out to you
Speak the the peace you long to hear.

I will weep when you are weeping
When you laugh, I’ll laugh with you
I will share your joy and sorrow
Till we’ve seen this journey through.

When we sing to God in heaven
We shall find such harmony
Born to all we’ve known together
Of Christ’s love and agony

Blessings on your week

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