MEMORIAL OF SAINT PIUS X FRIDAY OF THE TWENTIETH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME AUGUST 21, 2020


MASS READINGS:


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

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.”


REFLECTION: “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.


Love is all--it is the framework of our life. We know love of spouse, family, siblings, parents and friends. We worry, care for them, check in on their welfare, cook, sew, stay up when they are sick, clean and give up our lives for them. In return we want their love. We express our love in our deeds.


But we give gifts as well to show how much we care.This is mostly on birthdays and holidays, but there is always the spontaneous gift simply because of a "I thought of you" moment..


How is it like to love God? God does not need us but He definitely loves us. Every second, we are reminded of all He has done for us: Creating, making us in His image, providing for our needs and dying on the cross for the redemption of our souls so that we can spend eternity with Him. What can we give in return?


He has already told us the greatest commandments: “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."


There is no greater gift that I can give the Lord but to resign my will to His and embrace His will.


Today we celebrate the Memorial of Pope St Pius X (1903-1914). He is best remembered for allowing children to receive Communion and encouraging the frequent reception of Holy Communion--God's greatest gift.


His genuine love for God and His people were attributed as gifts from the Spirit of Jesus. “Where is the road which leads us to Jesus Christ? It is before our eyes: it is the Church. It is our duty to recall to everyone, great and small, the absolute necessity we are under to have recourse to this Church in order to work out our eternal salvation.” — Pope Saint Pius X […]


What gifts do we have for Him?

God Bless You

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