The good news for the day March 24, 2017
Friday of the Third Week in Lent (241)
An educated man came to Jesus once to ask, “Which is the Prime Rule of all?” Jesus replied, “The Prime Rule is this: Listen up, Israel! The One who is our God is the Only Ultimate! You will love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second rule is this one: You will love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other rule greater than these.” This man with an education said to him, “OK, teacher. You are right in saying, He is The One and there is no one else significant… and to love him with all your heart, with all your understanding, with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself—this wisdom is worth more than all rituals and sacrifices.” When Jesus saw that the individual answered with insight, He said to him, “You are not far from the Realm of what is Right.” No one had courage to interrogate Him anymore. (Mark 17)
The “command” to love God is NO command. It is an expectation—the loving request and reminder you are a Child of God, expected to appreciate that love and what’s right. With these words, Jesus reminds you of the “household rule”—if you act lovingly towards God’s world, everything else falls into place. For Jesus, “love” means something you do; it is never just a feeling.
Use your heart—to choose to see past appearances, short-lived moments and evil to recognize long-term gifts of God; cherish “otherness” of others.
Use your soul (your life)—to LIVE as a child of God, as time goes on, your faith making you more and more “God-like.”—like your Father.
Use your mind—to grow—be hungry for knowledge, reflection & curiosity—your faith a searchlight uncovering mysteries lovingly explored.
Use your strength—to express “enthusiasm” (which MEANS “in-godness”)—whole-heartedness, full-fledged commitment–a leap of faith.
Love your neighbor-family—the rule implies—is how you love your Father.