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Scripture Reflection - October 29, 2023

30th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Exodus 22:20-26 | 1 Thessalonians 1:5c-10 | Matthew 22:34-40

Sisters of Saint Dominic of Blauvelt, New York Scripture Reflection

Today’s Gospel speaks of God’s greatest commandment.

“You shall not oppress an alien for you once were aliens in the land of Egypt. Neither shall you wrong widows and orphans. If you harm them, they will cry out to me and I will hear their cry. If you have not harmed them, then they will not harm you. Those who treat others well, will in turn be treated well.

If one is covered by a borrowed cloak, the cloak will be returned early on so that it will prevent the individual from being cold.

I love you Lord, my strength. The Lord lives and blessed be my rock! Extolled be God my Savior, you gave great victories to your king and showed kindness to your anointed.

You became imitators of us and the Lord received the word in great affliction, with joy from the Holy Spirit so that you became a model for all the believers. Whoever loves me will keep my word, says the Lord, and my father will love him and we will come to him.”

The Pharisees asked Jesus which commandment in the law was the greatest. He answered, “you shall love the Lord with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. The second is similar, you shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and prophets depend on these two commandments.”

Sr. Mary Eileen O'Brien, OP


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