Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

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Lectionary: 148
Read: Matthew 22:34-40

Gospel Summary
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.

Discussion Starters

  1. A time I remember when someone showed compassion to me was when...
  2. The thing about me that make it difficult for me to love completely is...
  3. One sacrifice I make in order to follow these two commandments is...