March 24, 2017 – FRIDAY, 3rd Week of Lent
Hos 14: 2-10. I Mk 12: 28- 34
FROM THE 1ST READING: Hos 14: 2- 3, 5
Return to your God Yahweh, 0 Israel! Your sins have caused your downfall. Return to Yahweh with humble words. Say to him, "Oh you who show compassion to the fatherless, forgive our debt, be appeased. Instead of bulls and sacrifices, accept the praise from our lips." ... I will heal their wavering and love them with all my heart, for my anger has turned from them.
GOSPEL READING: Mk 12: 28- 34
A teacher of the Law had been listening to this discussion and admired how Jesus answered them. So he came up and asked him, "Which commandment is the first of all?"
Jesus answered, "The first is: Hear; Israel! The Lord, our God, is One Lord; and you shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength. And after this comes a second commandment: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these two."
The teacher of the Law said to him, "Well spoken, Master; you are right when you say that he is one and there is no other. To love him with all our heart, with all our understanding and with all our strength, and to love our neighbor as ourselves is more important than any burnt offering or sacrifice."
Jesus approved this answer and said, "You are not far from the kingdom of God." But after that, no one dared to ask him any more questions.
Indeed it is very difficult to love our neighbor, when so many seem unlovable. How do we follow and live out such a comprehensive commandment?
This is exactly what God teaches us through Jesus: "to love your neighbor as yourself": to support the grumpy relative, to look after the irresponsible drugged-up brother, to be concerned for the office associate who has wronged us, to leave no one in our love, to be concerned for the very least of Christ's brethren.
This is not easy on our own power. Let us continue to pray to learn to love and serve our neighbor as we should and could. When we are well-fed, may no one feel hunger; may the sick and advanced in years have the care they need; may those grieving and distressed be consoled.
May we learn to be like the good Samaritan to the traveler who had fallen to robbers. And on judgment day may we receive the reward promised by Jesus: "Come, blessed of my Father! Take possession of the kingdom prepared for you from the beginning of the world." (Mt 25:34)
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
PATRICK & BILLIE SYLING
IN MEMORIAM (†)
CONSUELO CUNANAN (MAR 24,1914 – JAN 8, 1981)
For the eternal repose of the soul of Go Tiao Keng.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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