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 18, 2016

Reflection for Friday August 19, 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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Can you measure the length and width of true love?

The length and width of true love is something that we cannot measure no matter how hard we try to measure it. We will be willing to give everything for the sake of this true love and this is what our love for God should be.

If we love God we would be willing to do everything for Him including to give our life for the advancement of His kingdom here in this world. If we love God we would be willing to forgive those who have hurt us no matter how deep the would it inflicted upon us.

The martyrs and saints of the church best exemplify this greatest commandment of love and forgiveness. They lived it to the hilt that they willingly gave their lives for the sake of their great love for God.

We often times say that we love God but when we are confronted with difficult situations such as giving something very important out of ourselves. We capitulate thus we betray our self- serving profession of love for God. Same with when we are challenged to forgive those who’ve hurt us.

True love for God is the willingness to give our time, our treasures and even our life for the advancement of God’s kingdom. True love for our neighbor/s is our readiness to forgive somebody even if she/he does not ask for our forgiveness. -  Marino J. Dasmarinas 

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