St. Christopher the Martyr Catholic Church
309  Manson Avenue, Metairie, Louisiana 70001
Phone:  504-837-8214
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“The whole law and the prophets depend
on these two commandments.”
Matthew 22:
34-40
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October 29, Thirtieth Sunday In Ordinary Time
      Pope Benedict XVI tells the great story of the man who went to Rabbi Shamai and asked if he
could recite all of the law and the prophets of Israel while standing on one foot.  Rabbi Shamai said
it was impossible.  So the man went to Rabbi Hillel and asked him the same question.  Rabbi Hillel
lifted one foot and said, “What you do not want others to do to you, do not do to them.”  Then he put
his foot down.  Hillel’s answer reflects the Golden Rule [Matthew 7:12].  Jesus also reminded his
questioners, and us, of Deuteronomy 6:5 and Leviticus 19:18.  Both Jesus and Hillel knew that their
questioners were looking for a way out, a way around the law, a loophole.  But there is none.  In
fact, Jesus ups the ante.  He commands us to love our enemies.  And just before he goes out to be
brutally tortured and crucified, he says, “Love one another as I have loved you.”  When we see Jesus
face-to-face, what will we have to say to Him about how well we have done?
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“And to love Him with all your heart, with all
your understanding, with all your strength,
and to love your neighbor as yourself is worth
more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
Mark 12:33
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