Vulnerability and Strength

Readings for Sunday, October 26 — 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Exodus 22: 20-26; Psalm 18: 2-3, 3-4, 47, 51; 1 Thessalonians 1: 5C-10; Matthew 22: 34-40

Suggested Reflection Questions:

  • In the first reading, we hear about treatment of vulnerable groups, particularly widows and immigrants, and lending without demanding interest in return. Who do you think are some of today’s vulnerable groups? How can we respond to them with the messages imparted in this first reading? Also, how have you responded when lending something to a friend, like your time? Do you expect more in return? How can we give of our time more generously?

  • In the second reading, we heard of our Lord, our strength. Where do you need the Lord’s strength right now in your life? How do you ask for strength from the Lord? When are times you have felt the Lord’s strength in your life?

  • In the Gospel, we hear of the two most important commandments. It’s likely we’ve heard this reading many times before. This time, read it again, pausing after each line and reflecting on its meaning. What new meanings came up for you as you read it very intentionally?