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Open Eyes, Open Hearts

September 25, 2022

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Like the rich man in the parable, we can sometimes ignore the people on our doorstep. Mother Teresa cautions, “It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. Bring love into your home, for this is where our love for each other must start.”

The renowned marriage and family researcher and therapist Dr. John Gottman agrees that “successful” relationships live by the motto, “When you are in pain, the world stops and I listen.” He’s describing a core Christian principle that we listen to the Holy Spirit who calls us though the needs of the people who God has placed in our care.

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Amos 6:1a, 4-7

Woe to the complacent.

Psalm 146

The Lord raises up those who are bowed down.

1 Timothy 6:11-16

Pursue righteousness, devotion, faith love, patience and gentleness.

Luke 16:19-31

Jesus warns us to care for the poor.


Help your family to have open eyes and open hearts:

  • Tell your child that you promised God you would teach her to love God and neighbor. Let your child know that, when she was baptized, you promised to love and care for her and to “bring her up to keep God’s commandments as Christ taught us, by loving God and our neighbor.”
  • Ask your child who they think their neighbor is. See who your child lists. It’s good to validate whichever person she names, because that person was probably on her mind at the time. Encourage her also to think of siblings and family members, friends and even classmates.
  • Model making the world stop when your child needs you. Find an opportunity to model how you can “make the world stop” when your child needs you. Let them experience the affirmation and encouragement that comes from being important enough to be received with an open mind and open heart.

Go Deeper


Mother Teresa: “Go Home and Love Your Family”
A 3-minute video about Mother Teresa’s compassion and encouragement that we do our part to love our families, those who are closest to us.

Three Hints That Your Relationship is Working (Dr. John Gottman)
Three hints your relationship is working: An article where Dr. John Gottman talks about being open to the needs of your spouse.

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