Third Friday of Lent

Third Friday of LENT
March 20, 2020

WORD of the DAY

One of the scribes, when he came forward and heard them disputing and saw how well he had answered them, 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..” (Mark 12: 28 b-34)

How shall I live this Word?
This passage is the keystone of the whole Gospel. To the insidious question of the scribes (Israelite intellectuals of that time) Jesus replies that the first commandment is: LISTEN. It is a verb that opens God’s horizon to us about another very important verb: LOVE. We are also told that this command of God is a synthesis of all that is life and salvation for us: to commit ourselves in the love of God and neighbor. What needs to be focused on is listening and love.

Lord, give me a mind, a soul, a heart able to Listen and help me understand that above all, it is putting Your Word into practice, living it, regarding this as the essential vocation of every man and woman, to commit ourselves to love. No one is excluded from this commitment to love.

The voice of a Chinese proverb
The secret of a long life is: eat half, walk double, laugh triple, and love without measure.
Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy E-mail: Website: Blog: Comment by Sr. Maria Pia Giudici, FMA

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