Posted by: livingscripture | March 29, 2019

Third Friday of Lent

Third Friday of Lent, March 29, 2019

WORD of the DAY

One of the scribes, when he came forward and heard them disputing and saw how well he had answered them, 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.
(Mark 12 : 28-34)

How shall I live this Word?

When we approach Jesus with a free heart and mind, not closed by prejudices or self-interests or reasoning to justify our conduct, the Word of Jesus enters into our life, into our heart. Then He is understood, shared, and gives us the secret of inner unification in the Will of God: this is LOVE. Love in its two dimensions: towards God and towards others. Understanding this and striving to put it into practice – loving God in one’s brother and sister and loving them because it is the place of God’s presence – is already savoring and living in the Love of Jesus, and not far from the Kingdom of God.

Lord, give us your Spirit so that we can seek the Truth in ourselves and in You.

THE VOICE OF Pope Francis – Morning Meditation, St. Martha Church June 6, 2013

A path must be taken to reach the Kingdom of God; this commandment must be put into practice. Consequently, The confession of God is made in life, in the journey of life; it is not enough to say: I believe in God, the only one; but we must ask ourselves how we live this commandment. In reality, we often continue to live as if he were not the only God and as if there were other divinities at our disposal. This is the danger of idolatry, which is brought to us with the spirit of the world. And Jesus has always been clear about this: “Not the spirit of the world”. So much so that at the Last Supper He asks the Father to defend us from the spirit of the world because it leads us to idolatry. […] But how can we unmask these idols? There is an evaluation criterion: they are the ones that do the opposite of the commandment: “Listen, Israel! The Lord our God is the only Lord”. Therefore it is “the road of the love of God – you will love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul – it is a road of love; it is a path of fidelity.

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