This weekend our parish priest is away in the Philippines with his family because his father died two weeks ago. For the lay presided services tonight and tomorrow I am giving the reflection.
It happens that the Gospel reading in the Catholic church for these services is from Matthew and ironically involves a lawyer.
In the Gospel Jesus is asked by the lawyer:
“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the
“You shall love the Lord, your God,with all your heart,
with all your soul,
and with all your mind.
He continues his answer with the second greatest commandment:
“You shall love your neighbour as yourself.”
As I prepared my reflection I thought about how to love your neighbour.
An Ottawa lawyer, Barbara Winter, a lawyer and former member of the Canadian Naval Reserve, provided a powerful example in her actions after the shooting of the young Canadian soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial. She had just taken a couple of photos and was walking away from the War Memorial when she heard the shots. Instead of running away she turned back to the Memorial to see if she could help. She joined 4 other Canadians trying to save Corporal Nathan Cirillo.
As part of her assistance she provided CPR. She also prayed, saying the Our Father, and spoke directly to the young wounded soldier telling him:
“Your family loves you. Your parents are so proud of you. Your military family loves you. All the people here, we're working so hard for you. Everybody loves you."
"You are so loved."
When asked why she spoke of love in those terrible moments she said:
“When you are dying, you need to be told how loved you are."
Her story is more fully told at:
The internet has created new friends. Through blogging I have neighbours in fellow bloggers and readers I did not know until I started this blog. How do you love your neighbour on the internet? I cannot reach out in the virtual world to hug and be hugged by you but I can use words. To my new friends, my neighbours around the world, I love you.