Chaplain’s Corner | 5th Sunday after Pentecost (July 9, 2017)

We express our gratitude to Fr. Joseph Previtali, who has written extensively for our blog’s Chaplain’s Corner since the beginning of the Traditional Latin Mass Society of San Francisco way back in 2013. Fr. Previtali is departing to Rome for a new assignment and has indicated to us the need for him to step aside as the Assistant Chaplain. We are thus grateful to the recently-ordained, Fr. Alvin Yu, who has agreed to step up to be our new Assistant Chaplain, thus continuing the work begun by Fr. Previtali.

We are now therefore pleased to share Fr. Alvin Yu’s first Chaplain’s Corner article for the 5th Sunday after Pentecost:

“If you are offering your gift at the altar, and there remember that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift before the altar and go first to be reconciled to your brother; and then come and offer your gift.”

In our Gospel from St. Matthew for this 5th Sunday after Pentecost, we learn how our love of God and our love of neighbor are not two things that are separate, exclusive and distinct from one another. First of all, our love of God is something that must flow into a love of neighbor and even our enemies. This is after all what our Lord commanded us to do in the New Commandment, “To love one another as I have love you.” If we love God, than we must also love those who God loves.

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