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 1, 2017

Reflection for Thursday June 8, Ninth Week in Ordinary Time: 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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Why are there failures in many marriages? The answer is a giveaway.  There are failures in many marriages for the simple reason that we don’t love God as much as God wants us to love Him.  Otherwise if we truly love God we would not dare hurt the feeling of someone we love.

On the other hand, why are there successful marriages that are able to weather the many storms of married life? The answer is also a giveaway. There are successful marriages for the reason that both spouses love God as what God wants them to love Him.

In our gospel, when Jesus was asked by a scribe as to which among the commandments is the first. He told him: Love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. Jesus knew that if we love God first everything else would follow including our love for our neighbor/fellowmen.

If we love God we will not hurt the feelings of our spouse. We don't want to see our children suffering from our selfishness. The secret therefore for a successful marriage is for couples to love God first.

But in our modern times now we have many first loves before God. For example, the love of oneself or in other words our self centeredness. Wherein we want to pursue what we want even if it leads us to sin, we do this simply because we love to do it even if it’s sinful.  If our principle is to love ourselves first before we love God then many marriages would break apart.

It’s not yet late to love God first and to let God take the center stage in our married lives. – Marino J. Dasmarinas  

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