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Friday of the Third Week of Lent | Lisa Kantz

Friday of the Third week of Lent

March 20, 2020

Gospel Reading: Mark 12:28-34

Reflection by Lisa Kantz

In today’s Gospel, a religious scholar of the law asks Jesus, “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”.

Is Jesus trying to tell me that life is really that simple?  If I honor his commandments by loving Him and my neighbor, then I’ll be just fine?  His directive is challenging. To love Him with all my heart, soul, mind and strength means putting God first, above anyone or anything.  It’s not so easy to make God a priority. To love my neighbor as myself means to be as good and kind to the stranger, as I am to myself. It means following the Golden Rule.  That’s not so easy either.  The greatest commandment takes a lot of work and time.  Do I have the passion (the heart), the spirit (the soul), the intellect (the mind) and energy (the strength) to fulfill it?

Prayer: Loving Father, help me to love like you love.  Show me the way to keep your commands.