Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Published on Nov 3rd, 2012 by Austin Keith | 0

“Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone!
Therefore, you shall love the LORD, your God,
with all your heart,
and with all your soul,
and with all your strength.
Take to heart these words which I enjoin on you today.”
Dt 6:6

This quote from Deuteronomy, is called the Shema. It is the traditional
prayer to be said in the morning and at night. It is, as we hear our Lord attest,
the first of all the commandments. This prayer lies at the very heart of Judaism
as well as Christianity. This profession of faith in one God whom we should
love with everything we have and are. For the faithful Jew, this prayer at the
beginning of the day puts whatever follows after to be properly oriented toward
God. At the end of the day, this prayer is said again allowing one to reflect on how
well he or she has lived this commandment. Has God been at the center of our
day.
Our Declaration of Independence proclaimed: “We hold these truths to be
self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their
Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and
the pursuit of Happiness.” In the founding documents of our great country we
find God right at the heart and yet we have to ask ourselves if we are living that as
a country. Are we protecting that first and “unalienable Right” to Life, given not
by our government, but by our Creator? Do our public policies and the conduct
of our government reflect what our Declaration of Independence and
Constitution proclaim. My friends, as we approach the Election Day this week,
let us pray for our country and ask God to guide us in the important decisions we
must make. God was important enough to our Founding Fathers to be placed at
the very heart of who we are as a nation, are we resolved enough to keep Him
there? May we never fail to “love the LORD, your God, with all your heart, and
with all your soul, and with all your strength” at all times. And may God, giver of
our most precious and “unalienable Rights,” bless our beloved United States of
America!

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