October 25: Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Posted by Campus Ministry on Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 8:00 AM PDT
Love is commonly known as a universal language. It is a language that is felt by many and experienced in varied forms. From reflecting on love in its own basic form and meaning, I have realized I have expanded the meaning of love throughout my life. From identifying the love in my relationship with family, friends, and my personal connection to God, I have tried to recognize love, particularly God's love, in all aspects of my life and reflect on how I can express this love in my day-to-day life.
This week's readings remind us of our Christian call to love God and love our neighbor, the two greatest commandments as Jesus proclaims in the Gospel. In reflecting on my love for God, I am reminded of the ways God has shown His everlasting love for humankind, by creating us in His own image and likeness and giving us His only Son for the world. God loved us first so how do we love God? In the readings, Jesus directs us to love God with our whole selves, to love God with our heart, soul, and mind. In imitating God's love for us, we gain the capacity to express our love for others and ourselves.
In expressing love for our neighbor, it may be most familiar to manifest this love to those closest to us, such as friends and family. However, we must realize that we are also meant to display our love outside of our own familiarity and comfort and expand our love to wider circles. We, as Christians, should remember our call to love not only our neighbors closes to us, but also to those in need of love — the vulnerable, the marginalized, the forgotten, the poor, the ones we may not be familiar with, but are still our own brother and sister made in God's own image and likeness.
During this week, let us reflect on our own personal experiences and feelings of love. How do you recognize God's love, or your love for others, in this digital age and/or during this pandemic where interaction is significantly different? Who do you feel called to love? How will you expand your love in wider circles to encompass all ways of loving God, your neighbor, and yourself?
~ Erin Camemo, Class of 2022, B.S. in Diagnostic Ultrasound