Gospel reflection: the greatest commandment

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Every Friday, we offer you a reflection on the Sunday gospel. This week’s reflection was written by Roisin Beirne, who works in CAFOD’s Legacy team.

Based on the gospel for Sunday 29 October – Matthew 22:34-40 “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.”

This Sunday we are asked to think about love.

Here at CAFOD we believe that through love we can make a world of difference. By showing compassion to others, we are helping them to feel God’s light.

Saint John of the Cross said, “In the evening of life, we will be judged on love alone”. We are all part of a global family and we must work together to create a more loving and peaceful world.

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In the coming weeks CAFOD is holding our annual Memorial Masses across the country in honour of all our friends and family who are sadly no longer with us.

May we take this time to reflect on the impact they have had on us as individuals and the world as a whole. They cared immensely for all and shared their love of God with all those around them.

We pray that we can emulate their kindness and continue the work that they so dutifully started – bringing our brothers and sisters around the world together through love and compassion.

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God of love and compassion,

We pray for our loved ones who are no longer with us. May we remember them for the kindness that they brought to this world and to our lives. We ask that we find comfort in your love during times of grief and that they find peace in your arms.

Fill us with their love and let their compassion shine on our global family, so that they may flourish and grow in your light.


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