October 25, 2020 – Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
And you became imitators of the Lord,
receiving the word with joy from the Holy Spirit,
so that you became a model for all believers. (1 Thessalonians 1:5-10)
Oftentimes with the Sunday readings, the first reading and the Gospel offer a common theme or goal (what) while the second reading offers practical ways to address that theme (how).
The “what” in today’s readings from Exodus and Matthew is focusing our thoughts and actions on how best to love others; that is our primary goal.
Exodus points out the need to care for orphans and widows and to be generous to poor neighbors. In the gospel, Jesus presents love of God and neighbor as the “top two” commandments.
In his first letter to the Thessalonians, Paul offers us the “how” – a practical solution to achieve these goals: Joyfully imitate Christ.
We have been given the gift of the Holy Spirit, making imitation of Christ possible. Others will be drawn to your joy, opening the door for them to join in.
Choose joy. Imitate Christ. Others will follow.