23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

We begin this week with a reading from the Book of Ezekiel, he’s one of the major prophets. In this reading it we have a rather black and white God, who makes no room for wiggle room. Since if he tells the watchman to say to the wicked that they will die but they do not or rather try to have the wicked improve their ways they will die but you will be held accountable for their sins. As we turn to the letter of Saint Paul it gets a bit happier as the reading talks about the greatest commandment “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” This is something that we need to remember and should be echoed from the mountain tops Love one another, it is a simple command but as the year go by it seem like one of the most difficult things for people in the world today to do.

Turning to the Gospel we hear that “Wherever two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” This is often forgotten as many people only say that God can be found in churches. As I assume Victor Hugo wrote “to love another person is to see the face of God” this is the core of the Christian faith love and relationships. All too often do we make it about the rules and forget the core. We are not a religion of hate or disregarding the life of another as Paul writes in his letter “Love your neighbor as yourself”. It’s not like your neighbor or be nice to your neighbor but love your neighbor. Moreover the neighbor that we are supposed to love is not just those who live close to you in your neighborhood but it is everyone from your kindergarten teacher to a homeless man on the street. Once again I am reminded of the classic scholars you once said “Love is all you need.” I hope that during this upcoming week we can be inspired by the words in the reading this week and be open to love from all individuals that we encounter during this week.

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