Our theme this week is ‘Love (remembrance)’
The Gospel on Sunday focuses on Jesus’ confirmation of the greatest commandments: To love God, and to love your neighbour as yourself. These words will not be news to us as Christians, but it is good to be reminded of their importance. It may be easy to simply say: “Well, I pray and go to mass and I’m pleasant to those around me, so all’s good.” But it’s not quite that simple. Jesus says that we ‘must love God with all our heart, all our soul and all our mind and with all our strength’, not simply say we love Him and not do anything with it. The same goes for our neighbour; we must be more than pleasant and polite, we must treat one another as we want to be treated – in all things!
So, as a community perhaps this week can be an opportunity for us all to think and reflect on how we love God and our neighbour, rather than just checking/making sure that we say we do. Let us strive to think about how our actions, words and behaviour as well our prayer life, worship and commitment to our faith reflects the real love we have for God and for one another, and ensure we acknowledge that living out these commandments each day will, in turn, bring us closer to the One who loves us with an eternal love.
November is the month of Holy Souls, when we take time to remember all those we know and love who have died, as well as all those who have lost their life in service of others:
‘Eternal rest, grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace.
And may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.’
Prayer for the week
through your life and your death,
you showed us the great value and importance of loving others.
We thank you for this great gift,
and ask you to help us to show love in all we do.
In remembrance, we pray for all who have died,
especially our family and friends who have shown us great love–
grant them your eternal rest,
and may your perpetual light shine upon them today and always.