30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
"You shall not molest or oppress an alien"
Reminding Israel of their own liberation from oppression, God tells his people not to oppress others. Solidarity and compassion for the poor are to be the norm. These ancient principles are reinforced in the Gospel where Jesus insists that the love of God is expressed in the love shown to others.
Today is a good day for each of us to reflect on all that God has done for us, not because we are deserving, but because God loves us. Focusing on God’s liberating love and solidarity with each of us should make us want to act towards others the same way God does with us.
God challenges us to act, to be agents of justice and love. We are not to harm or oppress someone who is foreign to us. We are called to be agents of forgiveness and defenders of the poor and oppressed. The Lord calls us to be united in a struggle for justice based on the love the God has shown us in Jesus, the Lord.
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself”
Fr. Joseph Jablonski, MSC