“You shall love the Lord your God, with all your heart, with all your soul and with all you mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. The second is like it; you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

The Pharisees again try to trap and test Jesus, but he makes it perfectly clear that the whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.

This is the greatest challenge of the Christian life each day: to love God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength, and to love our neighbor as ourselves.

Our first reading from Exodus reminds us that our first responsibility is to love and care for the most vulnerable in our society, those who need our help the most. In the time of Exodus the most vulnerable people were the resident aliens, the widows and the orphans. They did not have the benefits and blessings of a family to love and care for them, to help supply their basic needs. There were no safety nets like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid to provide for the basic necessities of life. They were the most marginalized people in society who depended on the wider Israelite community to pitch in and help them out. Their very lives depended on this.

Jesus makes it perfectly clear in Matthew 25 that we will be judged on how we treat the least of his brothers and sisters. “I was hungry and thirsty, I was a stranger and naked, I was sick and in prison, and you cared for me. Whatsoever you did for the least of my brothers and sisters, you did unto me.”

As we approach Election Day, we should reflect on the policies and practices of the national and local candidates seeking election. Are they advocating policies that care for the most vulnerable people in our society? Are they promoting the values and principles of decency and respect that recognize the value of each human person made in the image and likeness of God? As we exercise our civic responsibility in voting, we also recognize that in our own private lives, the Gospel values of love of God and neighbor must be expressed by all we say and do. Our eternal salvation depends on it. Amen.

We continue to pray for all the sick and those who have died. May they Rest In Peace! We pray that the Holy Spirit will guide scientists to find a vaccine to combat Covid 19.

We want to thank Paulette Pourciau for donating the portable karaoke machine that we used at our Public SquareRosary Crusade.