READINGS for 2006-06-08
TEACH ONLY LOVE
?You shall love the Lord...? ? Mark 12: 30-31
I remember my first year high school student who had difficulty comprehending English and Science lessons. The root of her academic difficulty was her inability to read with comprehension, and I volunteered to tutor her for two months to help her with her lessons.
Father, constantly guide us as we live your greatest commandment. May we be able to exemplify it in our daily lives.
2 Timothy 2:8-15
Paul remains forever in debt to the work of the grace of God in his life. And he is not ashamed to proclaim this to the world. He has truly worked hard at attaining the gift of humility. Part of the reason for his success, I believe, is that he realized that without the grace of God his life was worth precisely nothing. That is, we are totally dependent upon the grace of God for all the things that we treasure and hope for. As we seek to follow the Lord in our lives, let us try to grow in our surrender to Him daily.
8 Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, a descendant of David: such is my gospel, 9 for which I am suffering, even to the point of chains, like a criminal. But the word of God is not chained. 10 Therefore, I bear with everything for the sake of those who are chosen, so that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, together with eternal glory. 11 This saying is trustworthy: If we have died with him we shall also live with him; 12 if we persevere we shall also reign with him. But if we deny him he will deny us. 13 If we are unfaithful he remains faithful, for he cannot deny himself. 14 Remind people of these things and charge them before God to stop disputing about words. This serves no useful purpose since it harms those who listen. 15 Be eager to present yourself as acceptable to God, a workman who causes no disgrace, imparting the word of truth
P S A L M
Psalm 25:4-5, 8-9, 10 and 14
R: Teach me your ways, O Lord.
4 Your ways, O LORD, make known to me; teach me your paths, 5 guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior. (R) 8 Good and upright is the LORD; thus he shows sinners the way. 9 He guides the humble to justice, he teaches the humble his way. (R) 10 All the paths of the LORD are kindness and constancy toward those who keep his covenant and his decrees. 14 The friendship of the LORD is with those who fear him, and his covenant, for their instruction. (R)
G O S P E L
Jesus affirms that the command to love God is of primary importance. The one to love our neighbor follows close behind. In fact, if we examine their nature closely, it quickly becomes obvious that the two are so closely linked that you cannot have one without the other! As we seek to fulfill these commands let us model our life upon that of Jesus as He, of all people, has fulfilled them both perfectly.
28 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?? 29 Jesus replied, ?The first is this: ?Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone! 30 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.? 31 The second is this: ?You shall love your neighbor as yourself.? There is no other commandment greater than these.? 32 The scribe said to him, ?Well said, teacher. You are right in saying, ?He is One and there is no other than he.? 33 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.? 34 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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HE ANSWERED WITH UNDERSTANDING
Jesus complimented the scribe who asked him about the Greatest Commandment as one who answered with understanding. Reading in between the lines of Jesus? reaction to the person, one can sense His genuine goodness even towards persons who may have come to Him with insincere motivations ? such as motivations meant to test him. On the other hand, Jesus? reaction was also a veiled challenge for the scribe. The scribe should not just keep in mind what he heard and what he seconded. If the scribe were truly a man of understanding, he should be able to apply and live out in his life the Great Commandments.
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