November 6, 2019
“The commandments, You shall not commit adultery; you shall not kill; you shall not steal; you shall not covet, and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this saying, namely, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Romans 13:8-10)
Jesus is asking us to be “all in.”
He is telling us that we need to be committed to all aspects of our faith, not only in how we follow the rules of the Church, but also in how we live our daily lives in service to others: in our prayers for others, in the time we spend serving others directly, and in the resources we are able to make available to others.
“All in” means not being content with doing the minimum.
It means putting aside our own needs and making a commitment to the needs of others, the needs of the larger Church. It means sacrifice. It means taking our focus off of what we have already accomplished and being in tune with what still needs to be done.
AND — the work of loving our neighbor is never done.