30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

Published on 23 Oct 2017
A man and a woman reaching out (both on bicycles)

‘Open our heart, O Lord, to accept the words of your Son’

Almighty ever-living God, increase our faith, hope and charity,
and make us love what you command, so that we may merit what you promise.

 

Let the Gospel acclamation above be our invitation to prayer this week.

The true meaning of God’s Law proclaimed by Moses and the prophets is revealed to us in this Sunday’s readings.

The First Reading from Exodus describes how God’s law of love is to be applied in daily life. God wants his people, who were liberated from slavery in Egypt, to be people of justice, kindness and compassion; both to strangers and to their neighbour.

The Psalm is a litany of love for God ... our strength, shield, saviour, and the very rock of our existence. Surely it is from this refuge of compassion and help that we are given strength to come to the aid of others.

Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians (Second Reading) describes how their faith has changed the communities where they live. Their life lived in the Holy Spirit has encouraged others to believe in the Gospel message.

In the Gospel, Jesus teaches that the greatest commandment is to love God with all our heart, soul and mind. We are commanded to put God’s law of love into practice by loving our neighbour as ourselves.

Let us pray for each other throughout this week that we will have the grace to want and to choose only that which will deepen our love of God. With God at the centre of our lives, we will have strength to love others. May our hearts be open to respond actively to the need of our neighbour.
 
Let the hearts that seek the Lord rejoice; turn to the Lord and his strength; constantly seek his face. Entrance Antiphon

My God is the rock where I take refuge; my shield, my mighty help, my stronghold. Responsorial Psalm

You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. Gospel

This week’s texts if you’d like to reflect further:

Exodus 22: 20–28: Psalm 17 (18); 1 Thessalonians 1:5–10 Matthew 22: 34–40