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, June 2, 2016

Reflection for June 2, Thursday in the Ninth Week of OT; 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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How do you manifest your love for God?

To love God is to discover more about Him, thus you need to thirst and hunger for Him. You need to be always present at Holy Mass and feel His presence there.  You need to read the bible and be faithful to its teachings.

If you will read the first four gospels of the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) you will have a better appreciation of the true to life story of Jesus.  To love God is to live His teachings as well.

After you have fully expressed your love for God the next commandment will automatically set-in (You shall love your neighbor as yourself). What is this love for our neighbor? Is this a selective kind of love or an encompassing love?

The love for our neigbor should always be an encompassing love and not a selective love. Sometimes this is where we are deficient because we only choose the neighbor that we love. – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

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