Fr. Brian Walker, OP
St. Benedict the African West

The Lord be with you.
And with your spirit.
Proclamation of the holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew.
Glory to you O Lord
When Jesus heard of the death of John the Baptist he withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself. The crowds heard of this and followed him on foot from their towns. When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, and he cured their sick. When it was evening the disciples approached him and said, “This is a deserted place and it is already late. Dismiss the crowd so that they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.” Jesus said to them, “There is no need for them to go away, give them some food yourselves.” But they said to him “Five loaves and two fish are all we have here.” Then he said, bring them here to me,” and he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven he said the blessing, broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowd. They all ate and were satisfied and they picked up the fragments left over, twelve wicker baskets full. Those who ate were about 5000 men, not counting women and children.
The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.
What can separate us from the love of God, I wonder. Paul tells us that nothing can separate us from the love of God. But I often wonder what is it that can truly separate us from the love of God. Sometimes it's greed. Sometimes its self-pity. Sometimes it's not being concerned about others. Those can separate us from the love of God because we are not being loving. God is love. And so we ask ourselves “What can separate us from the love of God?” Working in the inner city I often hear that places where there are a lot of churches can really indicate that there are a lot of problems. And the inner city has lots and lots and lots of churches and you wonder, if there are so many churches, why are there so many problems. Because I think many times we are not being Christ-like. And so often times we are called to imitate Christ, we are called to love one another. So I ask you right now, what can separate us from the love of God? Maybe what we need to do is be a little bit more Christ-like to our caregivers, to those who take care of us, to our families and friends. We need to be more Christ like. What can separate us from the love of God? Hopefully nothing, hopefully nothing at all and that we can truly reflect the love that has been given to us. May the Lord fill our hearts this day and every day to be more Christ like and on page 35 of our booklets together we make our profession of faith by reciting the Apostle’s Creed.

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