This weekend Jesus puts a great challenge before us. In response to a trick question from the Pharisees, he carefully articulates the ‘greatest commandment’. Notice how Jesus goes beyond the question put to him and joins to the greatest and the first commandment, a second: love your neighbour. You cannot love God without loving your neighbour.

In desperately divided communities and societies, in a world where polarisation has become a part of our daily diet, the Scriptures remind us that our Christian discipleship is made evident in the way we choose to treat others. All people made in God’s image are ‘neighbour’ to us. Do you need to redefine your understanding of neighbour?

Join Fr Russell Pollitt SJ as he reflects on the readings for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

You can find the texts that this reflection is based on in your bible, or simply just hover your mouse over the following references and the texts will also appear:

Exodus 22:21-27; Psalm 18; 1 Thessalonians 1:5-10 & Matthew 22:34-40

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