Love your Neighbor as Yourself

The 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Love your Neighbor as Yourself.” (Lev. 19:18) This is the theme for the 2017 Archbishop’s annual Appeal. The call to love is always demanding. Jesus says in today’s Gospel, “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matt. 5:44) Jesus taught us by example. He forgave his own executioners from the Cross. St. John Paul II was able to forgive the man who attempted to assassinate him. St. Teresa of Calcutta said, “If you keep judging people, you will have no time to love them.”

Charity is LOVE in ACTION. Today’s Liturgy reminds us to be living witnesses of God’s love to others. Today we are called to make a commitment once again to donate to the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal. Our generous contribution supports annually so many ministries to the needy throughout our Archdiocese and beyond. St. John Neumann community has been very generous in giving to this worthy cause. On behalf of the Archbishop, I thank all those who generously gave to the Annual Appeal in the past.

Please join me again this year in making a pledge to support the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal as a way to respond to God’s love and make a tangible difference in the lives of our needy neighbors.


Fr. Sunny Punnakuziyil, MSFS

Pastor, SJN