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God Bless, Father Mike McMahon and the IC Parish Staff
Father Mike’s Homiletter – October 31, 2021
Scripture: Deuteronomy 6:2-6; Psalm 18:2-4, 47, 51; Hebrews 7:23-28; Mark 12:28b-34
This week we get another excerpt from Moses’ farewell instructions to the Israelites, as they prepared to enter the Promised Land. He has already reviewed the details of God’s laws with them, and this is part of Moses’ final talk to his people, some of whom may have been thinking “Will he ever finish so we can get going and cross the Jordan?!?” Moses is down to the essentials at this point, giving his people final guidance on how to stay in God’s good graces: love God with everything you are and have, and love your neighbor as yourself.
Our Gospel reading has Jesus saying the same thing in response to an inquiry from one of the Temple scribes. The scribe, learned in the law, is not adversarial in his inquiry – he is a genuine seeker of truth. Though he asked for the one most important law, Jesus gives him a bonus: He incorporates what could look like a second law into the first. Love God with your whole soul, mind, heart and strength, and then, love your neighbor as yourself. What Jesus is doing is telling the scribe how to love God with all your strength: show it by loving others.
The scribe is a rare figure among the Temple elite: he understands that although the rituals and sacrifices in the Temple are important, they are far less important than doing good for others. The scribe got the point: people before process. And Jesus affirmed his conclusion: you are not far from the kingdom of God.
Wouldn’t it be reassuring if Jesus could say that to each of us?
Peace, Father Mike
Food for Thought …
The way we treat people is the way we treat God.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S. J.
Readings for the week of October 24, 2021
- Sunday: Jer 31:7-9 / Ps 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6  / Heb 5:1-6 / Mk 10:46-52
- Monday: Rom 8:12-17 / Ps 68:2 and 4, 6-7ab, 20-21 [21a] / Lk 13:10-17
- Tuesday: Rom 8:18-25 / Ps 126:1b-2ab, 2cd-3, 4-5, 6 [3a] / Lk 13:18-21
- Wednesday: Rom 8:26-30 / Ps 13:4-5, 6 [6a] / Lk 13:22-30
- Thursday: Eph 2:19-22 / Ps 19:2-3, 4-5 [5a] / Lk 6:12-16
- Friday: Rom 9:1-5 / Ps 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20 / Lk 14:1-6
- Saturday: Rom 11:1-2a, 11-12, 25-29 / Ps 94:12-13a, 14-15, 17-18 [14a] / Lk 14:1, 7-11
- Next Sunday: Dt 6:2-6 / Ps 18:2-3, 3-4, 47, 51  / Heb 7:23-28 / Mk 12:28b-34
Immaculate Conception Parish offers a very fine Religious Education Program (P.R.E.P.) to provide the very best in formation and education for our grade school parishioners.
Immaculate Conception Parish does not have a parochial school. For those who would like to consider the time honored option of a catholic school we are happy to provide the following links to the Catholic School options in association with the parish.