Jesus’ summary of the law in today’s gospel echoes our first reading from Leviticus. We are called not only to love God with heart, soul, and mind, but also to love our neighbor as ourselves. It is out of such deep care that Paul shares the gospel with the Thessalonian community. In the confession of sins, we acknowledge that we have not loved God, neighbor, and self; yet we gather to hear the word of forgiveness and to be strengthened by word and meal to be signs of God’s love and mercy in the world.
Your love, O God, is boundless. We who were strangers have been made your children; we who were defenceless have been brought into your household. Keep us mindful of your mercy, so that we may love you with our whole heart and love our neighbour as ourselves. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.
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The Holiness Code in Leviticus urges people to be holy because God is holy. Holiness is lived out as God’s people exercise justice and love in their dealings with one another. We are to love our neighbors as ourselves.
Paul uses maternal imagery to depict the caring and nurturing relationship he shares with the Thessalonian Christians. When he first came to their city it was not to benefit himself but to share the gospel with them, which was his responsibility as an apostle of Christ.
Put on the spot by the Pharisees, Jesus displays wisdom by summarizing the law of God in just two commandments and by demonstrating the Messiah must be more than the son of David.
Feast of Dedication. When the date of the dedication or consecration of a church or chapel is known, the Feast of Dedication may be celebrated on that day or the Sunday closest to it. When the date is not known, or when its anniversary falls on Sundays in Advent, Lent, Easter, or on Feasts of Our Lord and other Feasts taking precedence of Sundays, the Feast of Dedication may be celebrated on 25 October or the Sunday before All Saints' Day. This year, these last two days are the same.
John Wyclyf, Reformer, 1384 - Com (Green) OR Jan Hus, Reformer, 1415 - Com (Green) OR Both Together | Day of discipline and self-denial | Friday, October 30, 2020
Note: The calendar appoints a joint commemoration of Hus and Wyclyf. For All the Saints commemorates them separately.
Saints of the Reformation Era - Com (Green) | Eve of All Saints Day (White or Gold) | Saturday, October 31, 2020
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We acknowledge with gratitude and respect that our parish is located on the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples. We are located in the Lower Chedoke Watershed.