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Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time : October 26, 2014

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 22: 34 – 40

Gospel reading

When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a scholar of the law,* tested him by asking, “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.” *A scribe.

Brief commentary

The Gospel of Matthew presents Jesus as the new Moses, the giver of the new law. As the law was important in Israel, so it was for Matthew, who saw the Church as the new Israel. Today’s text tells of yet another controversy between Jesus and the Jewish leaders. It revolves around the greatest commandment of the Old Testament and once again the questioners are the Pharisees in the person of a lawyer. Jesus goes beyond the extent of the question put to him and joins the greatest and the first commandment to a second, that of love of neighbor. This combination of the two commandments may already have been made in Judaism. Basing his answer on Deuteronomy 6:5 and Leviticus 19:18, Jesus demonstrates his fidelity to the Jewish tradition.

Today's reading offers three significant messages:

  • Jesus joined the first and greatest commandment to a second, that of love of neighbor. This double commandment is the source from which the law and the prophets are derived.
  • The Covenant between Yahweh and Israel encompassed both dimensions: the vertical and the horizontal. It demanded from the people fidelity to God and special care for orphans, widows and strangers.
  • The Covenant law reminded all generations that God had loved them, and that because of this ongoing love they had to demonstrate real love for all God’s people.

For our shared or personal reflection:

After a brief pause for silent reflection share your answers, ideas or feelings.

  • Do I study and reflect on the Scriptures so that these inform, shape, guide and inspire me in how I relate to God, neighbor and world?
  • Is love the core guiding and operative principle of my life as a Christian?
  • How do I love God and how do I love my neighbor?

Suggested readings:
Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraphs 42052-74, 2196.

CHARITY AND LOVE

You tell us that to love God and neighbor is not something abstract, but profoundly concrete: it means seeing in every person the face of the Lord to be served, to serve him concretely. And you are, dear brothers and sisters, the face of Jesus.
Pope Francis

“You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind..”

— Matthew 22:37

SIX RULES FOR HAPPINESS

1. Liberate your heart from hatred.
2. Liberate your mind from worry.
3. Live simply.
4. Share more.
5. Lower your expectations.
6. Remain hopeful.


2014 ARCHBISHOP’S CHARITY AND DEVELOPMENT DRIVE

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CONFESSION SCHEDULE

Important

On Saturday, Our new Confession Schedule is:

10:00am to 11:00am.
4:00pm to 5:00pm.

GROWING IN THE FAITH - RCIA

The Lord invites all of us to fully participate in the sacramental life of the Church. If you or someone you know wants to become a Catholic, has not received all of Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation) or wants to discover the treasure of our Catholic faith, join us for our Growing in the Faith Program which began on Monday, October 6, 2014 at 7:00pm in our Parish Office and ends on the Paschal Vigil on April 4, 2015.

For more information, please call Denise Duarte at (305) 361-1378 or Linda Chehab at (305) 205-8943.

MASS SCHEDULE FOR THE FEAST OF ALL SAINTS AND ALL SOULS DAY

November 1st, Saturday is the Feast of All Saints. It is a Holy Day with the obligation of attending Mass.

October 31st – Friday (Vigil)
6:00 P.M.—English

November 1st –Saturday (All Saints Day)
8:00 A.M.—English
12:00 Noon—Spanish
5:30 P.M.—English

November 2nd - Sunday: The same schedule (All Souls Day) of Sunday Masses
MEN’S EMMAUS RETREATS

Men’s Emmaus Retreat in Spanish will be held on October 24, 25 and 26 at the Youth Center.

For more information please call Juan Cremaschi : at (786) 298-9962 or Tomas Helou : tom_helou@yahoo.com at (305) 778-6161.

OCTOBER, “RESPECT LIFE” MONTH

October 25 and 26, 2014

We will be having our annual Baby Shower to benefit the Respect Life office. Please bring your gifts to the Pastoral Center or to any Mass that weekend. We accept any kind of baby items, no toys. Donations are welcome by check.

REMEMBER OUR LOVED ONES

All the Masses on the Feast of All Saints, November 1st,

All Souls Day, November 2nd,

A Novena of Masses will be celebrated during the month of November for all the faithful departed.

All those who wish to include their relatives and friends in these special Masses, may do so by filling out an All Souls Day envelope, with their names, and returning it today or All Souls Day. The envelopes are available at the entrance of the Church.

ALTAR SERVERS TRAINING

We are going to have one session of training on Tuesday, November 4th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at St. Agnes Church for the boys and girls who have received First Communion and want to be Altar Servers and for those who are already Altar Servers.

For registration call the parish office at (305) 361-2351.

YOUTH GROUP NEWS

Youth are invited! All youth (8th-12th Grades are invited to join the St. Agnes Youth Group.

When: Wednesdays 7:30pm -9:00pm
Where: Albertson Parish Hall - St. Agnes Catholic Church

We will gather for food, fun and fellowship. Come find a place of welcome and warmith with other teens committed to faith, service and community.

Follow all of the Youth Group happenings:
@stakbYG — Twitter
STAKBYG—Instagram

SCHOOL NEWS

On October 31st, the school will hold the All Saint’s Day Mass and Kindergarten Parade of Saints at 9:00 a.m.

Show your support for St. Agnes Academy by purchasing an ad in the 2015 Yearbook! You can place an ad for your business, or dedicate an ad to the special people in your life. Best of all, your ads are tax deductible! Thanks for your support!

The St. Agnes Christmas Bazaar will be held on Sunday, December 7th from 9:00am to 4:00pm. If you are interested in participating as a vendor, please email us at: .