MY daily reflection and prayer:
Thursday, June 04, 2015
9th Ordinary Week Time
Dear my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today according to St. Mark 12:28-34
And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” Jesus answered, “The first is, `Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, `You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that he is one, and there is no other but he; and to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that no one dared to ask him any question.
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.
In the Gospel today, Jesus Christ teaches us what God requires of us all. He requires us simply that we love as he loves. So Jesus Christ says, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. …. You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Yes, God is love and everything he does flows from his love for us. God has loved us first. We love him as a response to his exceeding grace and kindness towards us.
According to Jesus Christ, the love of God comes first and the love of neighbor is firmly grounded in the love of God. The more we know of God’s love and truth the more we love what he loves.
In the Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, while worshipping him we ask faith in God and hope in his promises which strengthens us in the love of God. The more we know of God the more we love him and the more we love him the greater we believe and hope in his promises.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, through the gift of the Holy Spirit, give us a new freedom to love as you love. May we love God with all our hearts, and with all our souls, and with all our minds, and with all our strengths. May we also love our neighbors as ourselves with a generous heart forever and ever. Amen.
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