Friday, March 4th – Sr. Laura Melacon O.Carm.
Gospel: 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.
In today’s Gospel Jesus gives us His great commandment. We are to love God, first and foremost and then our neighbor as ourselves. He is presuming that we already love ourselves. Unfortunately, many of us Christians don’t really love ourselves. We often feel we don’t measure up to others or we can’t forgive ourselves even though God forgives us and we constantly judge ourselves. This is not healthy. There is a connection in our ability to love ourselves and our ability to love God and our neighbor.
I’m not speaking about love of ourselves which is prideful and boastful, but rather the knowledge that we are weak and sinful, but our amazing God loves us anyway, which should be proof that we are lovable.
If we really love ourselves we’re not so interested in what others think about us, but what God thinks.
We love and do good things for our neighbor out of the generosity of our heart, not to be compensated, liked or receive compliments. Of course, we do feel good when what we do is appreciated, but we don’t do it for that reason, but because it’s a good thing to do.
If we can learn to love ourselves, we will love God and our neighbor.
Ask God for a healthy sense of self-love. Know that you are precious in God’s eyes and you are as important as anyone else.Let us pray: Loving God, help me to love myself as you love me. Enable me to grow in humility and compassion for others. May my love for you overflow to all I encounter this day. Amen.
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