In the second reading at Mass on Sunday, tomorrow, the 23rd of Ordinary Time, St Paul reminds us of what is at the heart of the moral life.
Avoid getting into debt, except the debt of mutual love. If you love your fellow men you have carried out your obligations. All the commandments: You shall not commit adultery, you shall not kill, you shall not steal, you shall not covet, and so on, are summed up in this single command: You must love your neighbour as yourself. Love is the one thing that cannot hurt your neighbour; that is why it is the answer to every one of the commandments.
Jesus was asked ‘who is my neighbour?’ and came up with a very memorable answer: the parable of the good Samaritan.
So, here is the question:
- For who are you a good and loving neighbour?
- When, by your actions and attitude, do you show this to be so?
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