Thursday, June 7, 2018

“What are the “hidden idols” in our lives; the things which capture our hearts and attention. Rather than connect with God or neighbor”

“We must overturn so many idols, the idol of self first of all, so that we can be humble, and only from our humility can learn to be redeemers, can learn to work together in the way the world really needs. Liberation that raises a cry against others is no true liberation. Liberation that means revolutions of hate and violence and takes away lives of others or abases the dignity of others cannot be true liberty. True liberty does violence to self and, like Christ, who disregarded that he was sovereign becomes a slave to serve others.” ― Oscar A. RomeroThe Violence of Love

Gospel Text: (MK 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.

Being more aware of our relationship with God will naturally make us more aware of our Neighbor.   When we are no longer looking inward at ourselves and our needs, we have love of God and the strength to help us look beyond ourselves.  With a stronger relationship with Jesus, we can open our eyes to those who need us the most.  We can forgive those who have wronged us.  We can love those who are most unlovable.  All of these are the Neighbors Jesus wants us to love.

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