“Love your neighbor as yourself” is easier said than done, Fr. Steven Voss, our pastor, realized when reflecting on MT:22: 34-40. But Fr. Steven notes, “God does not simply tie up heavy burdens and put them on our back and say, ‘Carry those.’ Christ the Lord is here to help us carry those burdens.” First, we have to love God. Then we have to love ourselves by avoiding distractions from God. After that, we can welcome and love others. Our role model can be Pope Francis, who Fr. Steven points to as a man who “walks in the image of Jesus Christ and steps out of what is comfortable to reach out to the lost and the lonely”. Contrary to media claims, Pope Francis is not out to change the teachings of the Catholic Church, says Fr. Steven, but is doing as Christ did. “Our holy father, Pope Francis, wishes to reach out to all the ends of the earth,” and we need “to go out of our way to treat one another with love. To bring as many as possible back to Christ the Lord. Let us pledge to never depart from what is true and good and can never be changed about our faith. Let us go forward in love to bring as many people back with ourselves to Christ the Lord.” Click here or on the video above to listen to Fr. Steven’s full homily of October 26, 2014 via YouTube.