Friday, August 22, 2014
Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary
“You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:34-40)
Seeing my assignment for reflection, I thought I’d been thrown a softball! A familiar part of scripture that speaks of love. What could be easier?
In actuality, there’s nothing more difficult for me: to love God with my whole self. My heart loves those whom God has elected to put in my life; my soul loves the mystery of God as my creator; yet my mind, from time to time, will try to find a reason or seek an explanation for life’s disappointments and hardships, which results in an incomplete love of God. And then to be asked to love my neighbors who aren’t necessarily loveable. Well, my work is cut out for me! But I believe as Jesus says, “The prophets and the whole law depend on these commandments.” Without committing to loving God through my whole person, and to love neighbor as self, life in this world would be chaos.
thank You for Your simple yet profound words.
May my actions today be a direct reflection of those commandments. Amen.
Patient Advocate, Avera Medical Group Hematology & Bone Marrow Transplant Sioux Falls
EZEKIEL 37:1-14 • PSALM 107:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 •MATTHEW 22:34-40