Good News C31a
12th Sunday in Ordinary Time
All of the
prophets reminded people to start obeying God’s commandments. Why would people
the Baptist told the people to repent. (
Collectors he said, “Collect no more than the amount prescribed for you.”
1. I am the Lord, your God. You shall not have false gods before thee.
(Do not give honor, praise, and glory to any false gods. There is only
one God, the God of Abraham and
2. You shall not take the name of the Lord, thy God, in vain.
(Do not curse or swear using God’s name)
1. You shall keep holy the Sabbath Day.
(Go to Church on Sunday)
2. You shall honor your Father and Mother.
(Obey your Mother and Father)
3. You shall not kill.
(Do not take someone’s life)
4. You shall not commit adultery.
(Do not take your neighbor’s wife)
5. You shall not steal.
(Do not take things that do not belong to you)
6. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
(Tell the truth; do not lie)
7. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.
(Do not desire strongly to have your neighbor’s wife.)
8. You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.
(Do not desire strongly to have your neighbor’s goods.)
Think about all the things you have done to share what you have with others. If your list doesn’t seem to be very long, perhaps you can add to it today. Clean out your closets of any clothes you haven’t worn in over a year. Take out any shoes that hurt your feet. Look through your toys and see if there are any that you haven’t played with in a year. There are different places you can take these things to or call them and they will pick them up:
National Kidney Foundation, Goodwill, Catholic Social Services, Crisis Assistance Ministry, Homeless Shelter, etc.
If you are handy with tools or are good at mowing lawns, sometimes a church knows of elderly people who are in need of someone to help them with small chores.
Call up an old friend and tell them you have missed them.
Send a card to your grandparents, aunts, uncles, or neighbors and tell them you love them.
Next time you have a cookie in your hand, break it in half and find someone to share it with.
what you do for someonelse, you do for
reject others, you are rejecting
Say the “Our Father” and thank God for helping you to be willing to share what you have with others. Thank God for keeping you on the path to heaven by helping you obey The Ten Commandments and the Greatest Commandments. Then when you get to heaven, God the Father will say: This is my beloved son/daughter, in whom I am well pleased.
“Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day, our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.”
Copyright © 2004 Joan Y. Edwards