Quotations:

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

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Reflection for June 4, Thursday of the Ninth Week; 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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Reflection:
Do you love God? Surely you do. How about your neighbor?  It’s easy to say I love God but to live this love of God is a different story altogether. Because if we would live this love of God. Then we would be willing to love even our unlovable neighbor.

Who is this neighbor? He/she could be anyone that you know who’ve hurt you. He/she could be your spouse, your relative, your friend or your literal house neighbor. The supreme test of our love for God is when we are willing to love our unlovable neighbor.

If we say we love God yet we hold a deep resentment toward somebody who has hurt us badly. Then our love of God is not authentic! It becomes authentic when we hold no bitterness toward those who’ve hurt us.

If we say we do offerings and other forms of sacrifices as an expression of our faith and love for God. Yet we hold a grudge against someone we are still wanting in our profession of our love for God. True love for God is when we are capable of forgetting and forgiving that hurt/s that has been done upon us.

Often times it’s very hard to forget, to forgive and to love once again those who’ve hurt us. Because we have a very high regard of ourselves and this is caused by our bloated egos and our lack of humility. – Marino J. Dasmarinas  

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