Oct 31, 2021: 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

1st Reading – Deuteronomy 6:2-6

Moses spoke to the people, saying:
“Fear the LORD, your God,
and keep, throughout the days of your lives,
all his statutes and commandments which I enjoin on you,
and thus have long life.
Hear then, Israel, and be careful to observe them,
that you may grow and prosper the more,
in keeping with the promise of the LORD, the God of your fathers,
to give you a land flowing with milk and honey.

“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.”

In Deuteronomy, Moses is addressing a new generation of Israelites, all of those who would have been under the age of twenty when the Exodus from Egypt began. In today’s reading, he has just finished teaching them the Ten Commandments and now calls on them to remain faithful to the covenant of the Lord.

This is a very moving text and one of special importance for the faith and life of the chosen people. Continue reading “Oct 31, 2021: 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)”