YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF
“When someone strikes you on your right cheek, turn the other one as well. If anyone wants to go to law with you over your tunic, hand over your cloak as well. Should anyone press you into service for one mile, go for two miles. Give to the one who asks of you, and do not turn your back on one who wants to borrow.” Matthew 5:39-42
In today’s readings, we are reminded that we should not only love our neighbor, but also love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. This feels like a tall order, doesn’t it? It is usually easy to give love to those we know, but more challenging to reach out and show love and compassion to a stranger or to our enemies. Maybe those are people who have made choices we disagree with or have hurt us.
To be perfect in the eyes of our heavenly Father, we need to look past those we know, to be more compassionate with those we might not normally consider. Together we need to rise in faith and go the extra mile. Certainly there are different ways to do this, but one way is by giving to the Bishop’s Appeal. Funds raised during the Bishop’s Appeal help people in our parish we know and people in our Diocese that we don’t know. Children and adults attend lively programs learning the Word of God, Care Ministers are trained to minister to members in our parish, Catholic Charities provides counseling to people in need and families seeking to adopt are connected with newborn babies. Your gift to the Bishop’s Appeal makes happy endings possible and helps you show love and compassion to others.
What you give is less important than the spirit in which you give. To make a gift contact our Parish Office, use the letter and pledge you received at home or visit the Bishop’s Appeal website at www.catholicfoundationgb.org/give.
God Bless. — Fr. Jim