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The Good News for the day, March 9, 2018

Friday of the Third Week of Lent (241)

A smart writer came to Jesus once and asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of them all?” Jesus replied, “The most important one is this: Listen, Israel! The Nameless Creator, your God, is the only One Who Matters! You are to choose loving the One Who Matters as your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second most important one is this: You are to love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment more important than these.” The writer said to him, “You’re right, Professor You speak true  when you say, He is One and there is no other than That One…and to love him with all your heart, with all your understanding, with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is far more important more than all the rituals of religion.” When Jesus saw that the man answered how he “got it,” he said to him, “You are not far from the Other World of God.” Nobody dared then to ask him any more questions. (Mark 12)

In your life and mine, we realize love takes different forms, depending on what is involved. You love chocolate. I love Rosemary. She loves the Cubs. I love my daughter. They love helping people. We love traveling. He loves any movie with Helen Mirren. And so on.

Some of us say we “love God” –not sure if we mean it—whether we actually “love God.”  We love God when we live outwardly, not self-centeredly.

Consider these possible ways to ask yourself:

Loving God involves “seeing God“ by just looking around, realizing all this comes from God. Realizing all this comes from God. Realizing.

Loving God involves pausing to ask yourself (silently)— “Are you here, God?” and hearing the silence of mystery—the mystery.

Loving God involves hugging your child, spouse, and best friend—and acknowledging that God is hugging you all the time. Hugging you. Now.

Loving God involves a disaster or threatening danger—bills, disease, betrayal, or loss of a treasure, a person, a job—and accepting that the challenge comes from God—God is talking to you. You love God if you care about others, if you care about His Creation at all: Chocolate, coffee, sleep, the laughing eyes of a friend—all are gifts of God. Sharing them—is loving God. Respect for others. Forgiveness. You love God then. People more than money. Others as yourself. Simple kindness. LISTEN.

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