Love God first and love your neighbor as yourself. This is the heart of our way of life — simple enough for a child to understand, challenging enough to be the life’s work of every “grown-up.” The “how” of loving God first and neighbor as self is unique to each of us.
Perhaps God is calling you to love Him with your whole heart, soul and mind by committing to a daily time of praying with the Scriptures. Maybe He is calling you to spend time with Him in adoration or a weekday Mass. It might be that He is asking you to put Him first as a family with a time for evening or morning prayer together. Maybe He wants you to spend a bit less time watching the news or surfing the internet, and a little more time thanking Him for the blessings He has given you throughout the day.
And how is God calling you to love your neighbor as yourself? Maybe it is by checking on a relative or neighbor who is isolated. Or by patiently listening to a colleague at work who is overwhelmed. Or by teaching English to a recent immigrant. Or by getting involved in a ministry that serves our children or the poor.
Our Christian way of life is the unique way that each of us applies the two greatest commandments to our daily lives. To sum it up, it’s all about love. This love is what makes us saints.
Remember to join us for All Saint’s Day Masses this week:
Tuesday, October 31 at 7 PM,
Wednesday, November 1 at 8:00 AM, 5:00 PM, and 7:00 PM (bilingual).
Fr. Mark Zacker