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FRIDAY, March 12, 2010

“There is no commandment greater than these” Mark 12,28b-34


The scribe´s question, “which is the first of all the commandments,” is as important for us today. This is why it is significant that Jesus finds the positive even in the environment of exaggerated legalism in which the so-called "teachers" live:  "you are not far from the Kingdom of Heaven".  But there is no point in having clarity of which is the most important commandment if we do not put into practice. 


It is very rare for an institution to begin to change from the top; however, Jesus implicitly calls this institutional leader to become a representative of change.  Jesus hopes, that beginning with him, the Kingdom of God can begin to change the order of things. This call is ours today.  We should not become absorbed in a web of standards and precepts.  Jesus´ invitation to abide by the precept of loving God and our neighbor is more than enough. Do we know this?  Do we practice it?  Have we thought about how much we love God?  The law tells us that we must love God with all our heart, with all our minds, with all our strength, but, do we really do this?  What does it mean?


Let us ask ourselves sincerely whether our life is organized in accordance to this commandment: do we love?   Do we love God and one another?  Or do we love only ourselves?  We cannot have two loves, for we would attend to one and neglect the other; there are ways of loving that are exclusive.  And God's call requires only that we must love, no matter the price.


REFLECTION:  In Claude Ma Dubuis' obituary, we read: "In private, Claude Marie was sensible and down to earth.  He enjoyed talking with the farm workers, and was interested in their work.  More than once, he walked until he found a farmer behind his oxen.  Whenever by some chance, a person was surprised by his good mood, Claude later paid him with a religious stamp or some other souvenir, whether the person was an employee or one of the choirboys who had had to put up with his impatience.”


Incarnate Word:  I worship and love you with all my heart.


Date: 12/Mar/2010


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