MY daily reflection and prayer: Friday, March 13, 2015
The Third Week of Lent
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; 30 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.
Yes and surely that each of us seeks the best and certain way to peace, happiness, and abundant life. In such context, we can learn from the prophet Hosea in guiding his religious community.
As we know it well, Hosea’s people lived in a time of economic anxiety and fear among the nations. They were tempted to put their security in their own possessions and in their political alliances with other nations rather than in God.
In such situation, Hosea called his people to return to God to receive pardon, healing, and restoration. It’s why the prophet Hosea reminded them that God would “heal their faithlessness and love them freely” (Hosea 14:4). God’s ways are the best and certain way to peace, happiness, and abundant life. God’s ways are right. His wisdom brings strength and blessing to those who obey him faithfully.
Obedience to God’s law goes together with love to God and love to others. In the Gospel today, Jesus 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.”
Based on this words, we know then, that God simply requires us to love him and others as he loves! 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 and reject what is hateful and contrary to his will. 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.
In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, we learn to love God with all our heart, and with all our soul, and with all our mind, and with all our strength; also to love our neighbors as ourselves. Let’s allow anything to keep us from the love of God and the joy of serving others with a generous heart.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, we love you. We desire to love you more and more. May we love you as much as we desire, and as much as we ought. Give us love, sweetest of all gifts. Give us in our hearts pure love, born of your love to us, that we may love others as you love us now and forever. Amen.
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