31st Sunday in Ordinary Time – 11.04.18

Carter and Colleen B.

Praise be Jesus Christ now and forever!

Wouldn’t it be so good to have something that we knew for sure was the greatest in the world? Well, folks, you and I do have something that is the greatest in the world. We have the greatest commandment in the world. In fact, we have two greatest commandments, love God and love our neighbor. Jesus says we must love God will all our heart, soul, mind and strength. Whenever we state that we believe in one God, we make a subversive statement, because we claim that no one, no thing, can have dominion over us. Only God is God.

We are filled with desires for beauty, closeness, moral righteousness, community; we want to live a life that is worth living—one that is filled with meaning. But as long as we don’t recognize that all of our desires are contained in our desire for God, we will continue to encounter dead ends and a feeling of frustration and incompleteness. This will happen when we think that we have finally found something that will bring total happiness and fulfillment to our lives, only to discover that loving God and one another is the only final answer.

The two commandments we heard today in the gospel are the absolute best directions that are available in this whole world. Follow these directions and your life will be fulfilled—it may not be easy but it will be worth living. Jesus has given us the greatest commandment, the one thing necessary for life, the heart and soul of what it means to be human—love God and love your neighbor as you love yourself. And do both with everything that is in you.



God our Father, You made each of us to use our gifts in the Body of Christ. We ask that You inspire young people whom you call to priesthood and consecrated life to courageously follow your will.

Send workers into Your great harvest so that the Gospel is preached, the poor are served with love, the suffering are comforted, and your people are strengthened by the sacraments.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

“In the first place it should be known that if a person is seeking God, His Beloved is seeking him much more” (St. John of the Cross). November is here….the year is quickly passing….enjoy these beautiful Autumn days, each one is a gift from God! Have a good week and may God bless you and keep you always in His Love!

Listen to my homily today: (Posted after Mass.)

Joyfully in the Lord,


Rev. Msgr. Edward J. Arnister
Pastor, St. Rose Parish
Belmar, NJ

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