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March 12, 2021

Mk 12: 28-34

One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and 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.” 

Then the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that ‘he is one, and besides him there is no other’; and ‘to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength,’ and ‘to love one’s neighbor as oneself,’ —this is much more important than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” After that no one dared to ask him any question.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

How am I loving as God desires?

The great commandments of today’s Gospel sound like the desires of a great lover. God longs to be loved by every part of us and to fill our whole beings with love. God wants to seep into our thoughts and feelings, flow into our bodies and souls, and saturate our relationships with love.

It’s not about what we want to do, offer, or sacrifice for God. It’s about what God wants to do through us. God’s desire is for us to love with our whole selves and be drawn further into God’s dream, when love will be all in all.  

Today, how am I loving God, myself, and others?

Do I allow God to love me? In what way?

—Carla Orlando coordinates Spiritual Direction Services for the Ignatian Spirituality Center in Seattle.

Prayer

God of love,
When You spilled over and into creation, You thought of me.
I am from love, of love, for love. 

Allow me to see and savor Your goodness.
Direct all that is me towards you…. Energize me in your service.
Teach me reverence for every person, all things.

Draw me closer to Love, even when I live with…
…health or illness, wealth or poverty, honor or dishonor, a long life or short life.

Help me hear and choose Your desire for me.
Amen.

Jacqueline Syrup Bergan & S. Marie Schwan, adapted


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March 12, 2021

Mk 12: 28-34

One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and 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.” 

Then the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that ‘he is one, and besides him there is no other’; and ‘to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength,’ and ‘to love one’s neighbor as oneself,’ —this is much more important than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” After that no one dared to ask him any question.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

How am I loving as God desires?

The great commandments of today’s Gospel sound like the desires of a great lover. God longs to be loved by every part of us and to fill our whole beings with love. God wants to seep into our thoughts and feelings, flow into our bodies and souls, and saturate our relationships with love.

It’s not about what we want to do, offer, or sacrifice for God. It’s about what God wants to do through us. God’s desire is for us to love with our whole selves and be drawn further into God’s dream, when love will be all in all.  

Today, how am I loving God, myself, and others?

Do I allow God to love me? In what way?

—Carla Orlando coordinates Spiritual Direction Services for the Ignatian Spirituality Center in Seattle.

Prayer

God of love,
When You spilled over and into creation, You thought of me.
I am from love, of love, for love. 

Allow me to see and savor Your goodness.
Direct all that is me towards you…. Energize me in your service.
Teach me reverence for every person, all things.

Draw me closer to Love, even when I live with…
…health or illness, wealth or poverty, honor or dishonor, a long life or short life.

Help me hear and choose Your desire for me.
Amen.

Jacqueline Syrup Bergan & S. Marie Schwan, adapted


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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