Sharing God's Story: Matthew 22:34-40
Trying to trick Jesus into saying something contrary to Moses, the Pharisees asked Jesus which was the greatest commandment. Jesus responded by saying that we are to love God with all our heart, our soul, and mind. Secondly, we are to love our neighbor as our self.
Reflection for Families
Our children see us live out this gospel message in the every-day things we do for other people. How often do they quietly notice us help an elderly relative, take food to a sick neighbor, or visit someone in a nursing home. We don't really have to preach this gospel message to our children, but sometimes just inviting them along is witness enough to shape their lives.
Bringing the Gospel Into Your Family
Read your parish bulletin together (or newspaper, etc.) to see where your family might live out this gospel message. What neighbor is in need of your help? Keep in mind that whatever you do for this person, you do also for God.
- A time I remember when someone showed compassion to me was when...
- The thing about me that make it difficult for me to love completely is...
- One sacrifice I make in order to follow these two commandments is...
Explore Being Catholic: Respect Life Month
As Catholics, we believe that every life is sacred, from the moment of conception until natural death. Every person is made in the image and likeness of God, and so each and every person has inherent dignity. Every October is called Respect Life Month to help Catholics understand and honor the dignity of every human person.
Children learn about love from real, concrete examples witnessed in family life. We can help children to love God and love their neighbors by showing everyday acts of love, generosity, and kindness—our own expressions of our love for God. These acts, small and large, are the expression of what Jesus identified as the two greatest commandments: love God and love neighbor.
Make a poster together as a family. Write the words Love God in the center of the poster and write the words Love Neighbor near each of the four sides of the poster. Read together today’s Gospel, Matthew 22:34-40. Talk about how Jesus taught us that our love for God is revealed in the love that we show to other people. On the poster, use pictures and words to show some of the ways that your family shows their love for other people. Pray together that your family will continue to express your love for God by loving others. Pray the Act of Love.
[from Loyola Press Sunday Connection]