I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

My Reflection for Friday August 23, Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time, Matthew 22:34-40

Gospel: Matthew 22:34-40
When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a scholar of the law, tested him by asking, “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “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. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”
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My Reflection:
Conflict in marriage is something that happens every now and then. Every married couple goes through this journey once in a while. But how come that despite the conflicts they remain married until the end of their lives? The simple answer is both of them love the Lord God first. Their love for each other is always preceded by their love for God. This is also the same with long term friendships.     

This is the reason why married couples who truly loved God first can forgive and forget. They can start afresh once again as if nothing happened.

So the greatest commandment is to love God first and after that everything will follow. We will be capable of loving anyone else even those who’ve deeply hurt us because we first loved God.  If we don’t forgive and if we continue to harbor hidden sentiments against anyone it’s safe to say that our love for Jesus is shallow and superficial.

We therefore must truly love God for us to truthfully embody these two greatest commandments.

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