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Thursday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time, June 6, 2024



Gospel

Mk 12:28-34

One of the scribes came to Jesus and asked him,

"Which is the first of all the commandments?"

Jesus replied, "The first is this:

Hear, O Israel!

The Lord our God is Lord alone!

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,

with all your soul, 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."

The scribe said to him, "Well said, teacher.

You are right in saying,

He is One and there is no other than he.

And to love him with all your heart,

with all your understanding,

with all your strength,

and to love your neighbor as yourself

is worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices."

And when Jesus saw that he answered with understanding,

he said to him, "You are not far from the Kingdom of God."

And no one dared to ask him any more questions.


Reflection


Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.


Where do we spend most of our time each day? Each of us has our own strengths and weaknesses.  Some of us can run marathons, while others can create beautiful symphonies.  To run a marathon would require months to years of training, and the same can be said of writing or creating a masterful symphony.  Many times, these things that we do, that we think we are strong at, can become a God to us, and in turn, take us away from working toward loving God.


We spend so much time on training our bodies or our skills that we forget to take the time to work on our relationship with God.   How can we love someone we do not know?  Getting to know someone, takes time. There are several ways we can spend time with God and get to know Him. We can go to Adoration, we can pray and meditate, we can offer up small sacrifices and we can study the Word of God.


In the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Part one, Section one, Chapter one it states:

27 “The desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God; and God never ceases to draw man to himself.  Only in God will he find the truth and happiness he never stops searching for”.


We need to seek, God so we can know, love and serve Him. This is what He wants for us. With the Holy Spirit to teach us and guide us, we can find Him.  Let us pray to the Holy Spirit to help us know how we can best spend time getting to know God so we can love Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.

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