Love God above all else

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD March 12, 2021  Third Friday of Lent WORD of the DAY  Jesus replied, “The first is this: Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone!” (Mark 12:29) How shall I live this Word?    It could have resulted in yet another clash, a heated dispute: instead the scribe and Jesus meet, listening to the uniqueness of the Living God, who for Jesus is the Abbà. Love is a commandment. It is the commandment. Which means, it is not a feeling without a body, without acts. It is not an attachment based on immediate emotion, on a need. It is the commandment, the ‘necessary’ that holds the world together. It is a bond woven in faith, with one’s whole self; body, soul, spirit, strength, intelligence, sentiment. This is Spiritual maturity, the lintel of good works … ‘The first’… Nothing is more important. Our God, you are the only Lord and in Jesus you revealed Yourself in Your mystery of love. Give us the grace to listen, for the heart, the senses, the mind to open to the one commandment that saves us. Through Christ, our Lord.. The Voice of  Hetty Hillesum, a...

Third Sunday of Easter

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Third Sunday of Easter Time May 5, 2019 WORD of the DAY When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” (John 21: 15) How shall I live this Word? “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” Love more than the others, more than others love. To love to the end, like the beloved disciple, the one who recognizes Jesus and points Him out as ‘The Lord’! Does the pronoun ‘these’ only mean “more than the others”? Surely it has this meaning if we remember Peter’s statement when he had declared that he was “willing to give his life for Him” (Jn 13:37). However, by reading this pronoun within circumstances relating to fishing, to nets, to fish, to the work to which you return after the events of that Easter, you can perhaps also tie it to the meaning of ‘something’. Do you love me more than ‘these things’? The fish you brought, the boats, the nets, the old things to which you are returning?...