Friday, the 16th week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday - Friday
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00 and 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Leopold Mandic
Readings for today’s Mass
It's good that, now and then, someone draws us back to the heart of the matter. My favorite example is from the prophet Micah: You have been told what is good, what the Lord requires of you; only to do the right and to love goodness and to walk humbly with your God Micah 6:8. Basically, it's what we all know as the golden rule. Here is another version of it. According to a very old Jewish story, the Rabbi Hillel was asked to teach the whole of the Torah while standing on one foot. The Rabbi responded with, “That which is hateful to you, do not do unto another. This is the whole Torah. The rest is commentary.”
And Jesus offers a version of the same in his response to the Pharisee. "You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments" Mt 22:37-40.
For some aspects of Orthodox Jewish ritual, men wear a small box on their heads. It's a phylactery, or tefillin, and it contains verses from the Torah, the Law of Moses. It serves a a reminder of the law. For those who can peel away the layers of law and get back to the heart of the law, only a very small box is needed.
What serves as a phylactery for you? What reminds you of what God asks? Does it have a lot of words?