Thursday of the 9th Week of Ordinary Time

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

Father Jerry shares a story… It’s parents’ night at Michael’s school. His mom meets Michael’s sixth grade teacher. “Mrs. Patterson, Michael’s mother? I’m so very pleased to meet you,” the teacher gushes.

“I must say that your Michael is a delight to have in class. He’s helpful, courteous, conscientious,” and the teacher goes on for several minutes, telling the mother what a wonderful student Michael is. Mom is pleased, of course, but she can’t help but think, “MY kid? She was talking about my kid?”

When mom sees Michael after her meeting with his teacher, she says, “Michael, your teacher says that your behavior is excellent at school. Why can’t you be that good at home?”

Watch Father Jerry’s video and hear little Michael’s absolutely precious response.

Today’s Gospel is reason enough to rethink our understanding of love. “Not as a limited commodity,” says Father, “but rather as a spirit instilled in us that enables you and me to realize in the good that we do and the good that we give.”