Fr. Lara's Lines
“JOY” Jesus (God), Others, You
What is the greatest of all the commands? Jesus
tells the Pharisees that the foundation of all the
commands is first, love of God followed by love
of neighbor and oneself. Every law that existed
in Jesus’ time was based on the love of God.
Ideally, all the laws we have need to have their
ultimate end in the love of God. We need to
have God-loving people in government who know
that justice is based on the love of God. But the
law of love doesn’t depend on government. Laws
should be only a parameter of what is already
instilled in our hearts from the beginning. Jesus
reminds the Pharisees and all of us that we need
to love God, others, and ourselves, in that order.
The Mass starts with the prayer “In the name of
the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”
That is a simple way to place God at the center
of our prayers. This is a good way to love God
with all our hearts, souls, and minds. When we
wake up or go to bed, we need to place
ourselves in the presence of God by doing the
sign of the cross. Even when doing errands or any
other activity during the day, we need to do it in
the name of the Lord. In that way, we can always
have God in our hearts, souls, and minds.
The love of God is to be shared with all people,
those we know and those we don’t know. God
created all human beings in his image and
likeness, so when we love our neighbor, we are
loving God. Love others because by doing so
you are loving God.
If we don’t love ourselves, we can’t love others.
Of course, we can’t just focus on us because that
is egotism or arrogance. But we do need to love
ourselves because we are created in the image
and likeness of God. By loving who we are, we
are loving God.
Last Tuesday was the town hall meeting about our
parish school. Many people gave us valuable
feedback. I am grateful for all your time and
dedication to our community. Your willingness to
address the issues of declining enrollment, school
funding and parish subsidy is greatly appreciated.
We will continue the dialogue about these issues
and possible alternatives for a vital and sustainable
parish school. The subcommittees will look more
in-depth at what the future holds for us. Let us
keep praying; together we can make a strong
community centered in Christ our Lord.