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, March 12, 2015

1Reflection for March 13, Friday of the Third Week of Lent; Mark 12:28-34

Gospel: Mark 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.
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What can save a marriage from breaking apart? It’s the love of God of the spouses. If both husband and wife have the love of God in their hearts they wouldn’t dare walk their own separate ways. For their love of God is much stronger than their love for their own self.

The love of God is supreme amongst any kind of love for it detaches us from our love for our own self. The same love of God will dictate us to stay in the marriage being buffeted by many trials. And the same love of God will teach us to forgive and eventually forget the many offenses that have been done upon us.

The love of God binds and strengthens marriages. It makes the marriage indestructible no matter the waves of trials that it may encounter.  

But how can we find this love of God? How can we have an encounter with God? For it’s very rare for someone to find God by himself or herself alone. Somebody should lead someone to God and who is this somebody?  This somebody is no other than you! Through your love for your neighbor you will introduce others to the encompassing love of God so that they will discover how to love God.  – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

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