The good news for the day, June 8, 2017
Thursday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time (356)
An educated man came to Jesus and asked, “Which is the principal directive in the Law?” Jesus replied, “The prime rule is this one: Listen up, Israel! YHWH our God is the only One! You are to love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your life, with all your reflection, and with all your might. The second is this one: You are to love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other directive greater than these.” The educated man said, “Well said, professor. You have spoken truth, He is the One and there is no other than He. And to love him with all your heart, with all your understanding, with all your might, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all ritual offerings and ceremonial sacrifices.” And when Jesus saw that he answered that he “had gotten it,” he said to him, “You are not far from the Kingdom of God.” Nobody dared ask him any more questions. (Mark 12)
Love is of many kinds. A mother, you have a special love for your baby. A husband you love your wife. A brother loves his brothers. You love your Nana. But the Love of God? What is it—what do you mean or understand by Loving God?
It means you choose to “see” your Father in Creation—as you are aware of other people you love. You acknowledge His Presence and gifting unfolding around you. You appreciate that what happens is not always clear—but you trust that this bad thing has a value. You see His Mystery in weakness and need; you help others as your brothers and sisters. You accept them for the way God made them—forgiving, understanding, telling truth with sensitivity and humility—not denying discomfort, but using easy-going patience.
That is the Love of God—the spread of the Good News into a world hungry to be loved; when you love one another with respect, concern and admiration—you are loving God’s child, and the Child’s Father—God. That is loving with your mind, your heart, your strength, your thoughts—with who you ARE.