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30th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Year A
October 25, 2020
Anne Osdieck

First Reading
Exodus 22:20-26

1. God’s love brought the Israelites out of Egypt where they had been aliens. According to this reading, how were they to repay God’s love? How do you repay God’s love for you? Do you pass it on? Do you pay it forward?

2. Does God hear the cry from immigrants because of immigration laws? What about minorities and especially the poor, because of the pandemic and climate change? What can we do to be part of God’s compassion toward all those suffering?

Second Reading

1 Thessalonians 1:5c-10

1. Are you “receiving the word in great affliction, with joy from the Holy Spirit?” Is that Spirit the great forgotten one for you, or do you guard, even cherish, the gift that inspires you to “sound forth,” that gives you peace and teaches you to love?

2. Every place the Thessalonians went, the “word of the Lord sounded forth.” How can you yourself (without preaching) “sound forth” ? Do you know anyone in the world who does that today? in your parish? in your workplace? Can you “sound forth” with actions as well as words?

Matthew 22:34-40

1. You were made in God’s image and likeness, and every good thing you have comes from God. What does God ask in return? Is it always easy? Discuss whether “love you neighbor” includes your arrogant neighbor or just your kind one.

2. Pope Francis made remarks about love and one of the first steps toward that love. In overcoming anger or rivalry, etc., he suggests praying for the other person. Would that help you accept the other as brother or sister?

What is the law of the People of God? It is the law of love, love for God and love for neighbor according to the new commandment that the Lord left to us (cf. Jn 13:34). It is a love, however, that is not sterile sentimentality or something vague, but the acknowledgment of God as the one Lord of life and, at the same time, the acceptance of the other as my true brother, overcoming division, rivalry, misunderstanding, selfishness; these two things go together. … We must ask the Lord to make us correctly understand this law of love. How beautiful it is to love one another as true brothers and sisters. How beautiful!

Pope Francis General Audience, paragraph 3
St. Peter’s Square
June 12, 2013

Anne Osdieck

Art by Martin Erspamer, OSB
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