October 31, 2021
by Tamora Whitney
Creighton University's English Department
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Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 152

Deuteronomy 6:2-6
Psalm 18:2-3, 3-4, 47, 51
Hebrews 7:23-28
Mark 12:28b-34

Praying Ordinary Time

Bio of St. Alphonsus Rodriguez, S.J.

Today’s readings are all about a loving God. And that’s the basis of everything. The Old Testament reading enjoins us to love God with our whole being and to keep his commandments. The Psalm tells us that we can depend on God. He is our rock and our salvation. If we love God, everything else will fall into place. If we have faith in God and follow his words, we will have a good life here, and salvation after that.

And then Jesus fulfills that. The reading from Hebrews tells us that previous priests would die, as people do, and so could not continue in the priesthood and help the people. But Jesus is priest forever, and has made the ultimate sacrifice. So he does not have to sacrifice day to day, but can be our priest and our guide for ever.

Then in the Gospel we get the fulfillment. In Hebrews we are encouraged to love God and keep his commandments. Jesus is asked which commandments are the most important. He says the first thing is to love God completely. This is old news, but it’s important to keep hearing it. We’re told throughout the scriptures that loving God is the most important thing to do, and it’s reiterated again and again. Jesus reminds us here that it’s the first commandment and the most important. And what’s the second? To love our neighbor like we love ourselves. Now here’s the question: Who’s our neighbor? Actually everyone. Everyone is made in God’s image. Everyone should love God (like God loves everyone) and everyone should love each other.  If that happens, everything else will fall into place. If everyone loved God and everyone else, there would be no need for any further commandments. You don’t steal from people you love. You don’t cheat on people you love. You don’t kill people you love. You love them. If we love God, and if we love all God’s people in the image of God, we don’t need anything else.

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