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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: June 6, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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How can we love God if we don’t have an on going relationship with Him? To most, God is like an exquisite painting of perhaps a gentle breeze blowing over a garden of ruby red roses. Until such time, we find ourselves in that very garden; with that very breeze blowing over us, as we sway in the right direction.

To experience God, is to love Him, to love Him is to experience and encounter Him in all things visible and invisible. How can we experience and love God if we have other ‘gods’ in our lives. Things or persons we have elevated on a pedestal? More important to us? When we refuse to give up all that leads us away from Him? Pride, lust, envy, greed, selfishness, rage, laziness etc.? When we refuse to set aside time for God our Father? To reverence Him? To worship him? To love and be loved by Him?

All we need to do is to cry out to Him, surrender to Him not as in give up but in accepting willingly His love for us. And Jesus will come and lead us home. As we leave all our sins behind us and journey forwards, we will grow in love and our relationship with our loving God and with one another.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

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.

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: June 6, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

image

How can we love God if we don’t have an on going relationship with Him? To most, God is like an exquisite painting of perhaps a gentle breeze blowing over a garden of ruby red roses. Until such time, we find ourselves in that very garden; with that very breeze blowing over us, as we sway in the right direction.

To experience God, is to love Him, to love Him is to experience and encounter Him in all things visible and invisible. How can we experience and love God if we have other ‘gods’ in our lives. Things or persons we have elevated on a pedestal? More important to us? When we refuse to give up all that leads us away from Him? Pride, lust, envy, greed, selfishness, rage, laziness etc.? When we refuse to set aside time for God our Father? To reverence Him? To worship him? To love and be loved by Him?

All we need to do is to cry out to Him, surrender to Him not as in give up but in accepting willingly His love for us. And Jesus will come and lead us home. As we leave all our sins behind us and journey forwards, we will grow in love and our relationship with our loving God and with one another.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

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.