Mother Church invites us to celebrate Sunday, October 26, 2014, as the thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time – Year A. In the Entrance Antiphon we pray: “Let hearts rejoice who search for the Lord. Seek the Lord and his strength, and seek always the face of the Lord. Amen.” This day’s liturgy centers on the love of God and the love of neighbour. In the first reading, from the Book of Exodus, God appears as the defender of the widow and the orphan, biblical symbols of the weak, the poor and the oppressed. Saint Paul, in the second reading, reminds his harassed converts of Thessalonica how they broke with the worship of idolatrous practices to serve the real, living God and believed that Jesus his Son had saved them and would return to gather them to himself. In Matthew’s Gospel, the leaders of Israel are still trying to trap Jesus with tricky questions: today they want him to tell them which is the greatest commandment of all. In the course of this Eucharist, let us pray for the grace to follow Christ more closely so he can lead us to eternal salvation.