Posted by: livingscripture | June 3, 2010

Ninth Thursday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

 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.

                                                Mark 12: 30-314

 How should we live this Word

 Jesus summarizes the whole Law and the Prophets and clearly individuates what essentially God’s will is for humans of all times and therefore for each of us.  The first emphasis emerges from what a great French thinker, Lacordaire, said precisely in regard to these words.  ‘One alone is the deepest need of human beings, that of love.  One alone is God’s commandment in His regard: Love God and your neighbor’. 

 A second emphasis is this.  Jesus does not speak of two commandments but of one alone.  In fact He says, “There is no other commandment greater than these.”  The Lord does not burden our nature with a heavy law contrary to our basic inclination.  By loving God and our neighbor, we are called to make our egoism die, the part of us that is most inauthentic, the parody of our true selves.  We must love God without excluding our neighbor and we must love our neighbor without excluding God.  The command is one.  Love the One who is Love because this allows us to love each other reciprocally.  It gives us the strength to do so.  One reality grafts the other inseparably.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will listen to my heart, to its needs, to its deepest aspirations.

 Help me Lord, to escape the falsity of demanding to be loved instead of committing myself to loving gratuitously.  You who have loved me to the point of giving Your life for me, grant that I may love You above all else and find in You the strength to give myself by loving my sisters and brothers.

 The voice of Thomas Merton, contemporary mystic

 Christ’s message calls us to wake from sleep, to find our true self in that interior sanctuary of His temple where He loves us and calls us to love.

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