B49 Skit 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
Love God above All and Love Your Neighbor as Yourself
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Mandy (walks with crutches)
Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life? I am a scholar of the laws. Which is the most important of all the commandments?
Hear me, O people of
What is the second most important commandment?
The second most important commandment is:† Love your neighbor as yourself.
Are there more important commandments than these?
There are no greater, more important commandments than these.†
When I love God with all my heart, with all my understanding, with all my strength, and I love my neighbor as myself that is worth more to him than all the burnt offerings and sacrifices in the world.
You have answered correctly.† You are close to the
Where were you last Sunday, Jake?
I had a soccer tournament in
Did you have time to go to church there?
Yeah.† Iíd have gone to church even if I missed the tournament.† I told Dad, Iíve got to go to church. I looked in the phone book for the closest church.† I called and found out the Mass times.† We went right before the tournament began.
God is more important to you than the soccer tournament.† You were following the first commandment.
(Walks with crutches)
I donít have much trouble following the first commandment.† Itís the second one that does me in.
What do you mean, Mandy?
I have trouble loving my neighbor,
Tell us about it.
He sits on his porch every morning and makes fun of me and my crutches. He says, ďMan, a snail could get to the bus stop faster than you.Ē
Thatís pretty rotten.† What do you usually do?
I usually pout, get red in the face, and keep right on walking.
Itís hard for you to love him as you do yourself.† Huh?
Weíll pray for your neighbor beginning right now.† God can make things better for you.†††
Itís worth a try.† Feeling sorry for myself isnít helping me any.†
You are not showing love for yourself.††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
You are right.† I hate having to use crutches.† Iíll pray for myself and for
Jake, Tim and Tameka
Weíll pray for both of you, too.† God will help.
The next morning, after praying off and on during the day, during the night, Mandy is walking with her crutches in front of her neighborís house near the bus stop.
(Gets off the porch and comes over and looks Mandy right in the eye.)
A snail could get to the bus stop faster than you.
I left the snails flying in the wind.†† Do you want to race?
Sure. Ready, Set, GoÖ
No.† Get the extra pair of crutches off my porch.† Weíll race fair and square.
(When they take off racing,
Walking with crutches is not as easy as it looks.† Iím sorry I made fun of you.
Iíll put these crutches up.† Then Iíll walk with you to the bus stop.
Now that would be real neighborly of you.
Love God above all things.† Love your neighbor as yourself.† When you have trouble obeying these commandments, pray and ask God for help. He will make it better for you, too.