Archive for March 8, 2013

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: March 8, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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What is our understanding of love? Do we love ourselves as we should? Question following then is do we love ourselves above all? Is that truly love? Is love purely an emotion for us?

As Christians we are willing to openly declare our love for God our Father, but how do we show Him our love for Him? What have we done in our lives that does that? Do we love and fear Him for what He might do to us if we don’t? Or Do we love Him and fear that we might offend and hurt Him by our words and deeds or lack thereof?

Do we still not see that His laws were given to us of and in love? Do we realise that Jesus sums up the commandments given to Moses and perfected through Him by the two great commandments He gives us? If we love our God we will have no other Gods before Him, if we love our brother and sister, we will not steal from him/her, kill etc.

Authentic Christian love is a love in action is it not? It speaks volumes but not through words. It serves without reservation not for want of reward. It restores what might be lost or dying not destroy and discard. It cries out mercy not justice alone. It builds upon rock and it’s very foundation the corner stone, not worldly sand or mud. It builds up not tears down. It nourishes and encourages growth not starve and stunt. How many more ways can we exercise such love?

Can we hear Jesus calling us? Instructing us to feed His lambs, take care of and feed His sheep….”

GOSPEL Mark 12:28–34

One of the scribes came to Jesus and asked him, “Which is the first of all the commandments?” Jesus replied, “The first is this: Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, 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.” The scribe said to him, “Well said, teacher. You are right in saying, He is One and there is no other than he. And to love him with all your heart, with all your understanding, with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” And when Jesus saw that he answered with understanding, he said to him, “You are not far from the Kingdom of God.” And no one dared to ask him any more questions.