30th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A) – October 25, 2020
Exodus 22:20-26 | Psalm 18 | 1 Thessalonians 1:5-10 | Matthew 22:34-40
From today’s Gospel reading:
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Reflection by Br. Carlos Salas, OP:
Someone I know says that when a person is begging for money at a stoplight, she will roll down her window, give that person some money, and then she asks of them, “When you get to heaven, please pray for the nice lady in the Mercedes.” Our Lord is a God who listens to our prayers, especially the prayers of the poor. The reading from the Book of Exodus is unambiguous about how we must behave toward others. Worldly possessions and attachments make it more difficult for us to pray. Thus, we need to be generous with others with what we have-goods, talents, prayer, and accompaniment-giving special preference to the poor and those in most need among us. St. Martin de Porres didn’t have much in goods himself, but he gave from what he had even when it was technically breaking his superiors’ orders. He shared his gift of healing for the benefit of anyone without distinction. Out of love of Him, St. Martin was following his Lord’s command to love his neighbor.
Something to think about:
- What are the things or attachments in my life that distract me from the two greatest commandments?
- St. Martin de Porres showed humility before God and before those whom he encountered. Humility is the virtue that opposes the vice of pride, the source of every sin. Consider asking for St. Martin’s intercession for the virtue of humility; consider praying the Litany of Humility.