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Loving both our God and our neighbour is a challenge put to us in today’s gospel. What does being neighbourly ask of me, and am I willing to be a neighbour to others?
While our view of who our neighbours are might be limited to our relatives; our parish family; the people who live next door; today’s parable highlights that as Christians our neighbour encompasses all of humanity.
How often do you find yourself with your head down merely passing people by on the street and ignoring even a simple hello or a smile? Our Christian faith demands of us that we be Christ to each other. Jesus calls for us to act with mercy and compassion in all that we do; to act justly; to treat others as we wish to be treated, portraying the innate dignity that everyone is born with.
Jesus has shown us many examples of loving our neighbour throughout his life and today’s parable is a call to action. As you take time to reflect and pray with today’s gospel, consider what concrete action you are being called to do. Consider who your neighbour is. Is it the suffering and disseminated members of our parish community or those we see, even pass by or hear about in the media each day?
Remember we are all beloved children of God, and therefore we are all neighbours to one another. May we bear witness to this in everyday life, sharing the love for God and our neighbour and truly being a disciple of Christ.
Lay Pastoral Leader