Reflection for Nov. 4, 2018

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Two sides of a coin

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The greatest commandment is to love God and others

by Sister Rose Jochmann

In today’s Gospel, Jesus is asked “Which is the first of all the commandments?” Jesus replies, “The first is this: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.” Then Jesus went right on to say that the second commandment is this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mark 12:29-31)

The message is clear. The commandments to love God and to love our neighbor are inseparable.  They are like two sides of one coin. In the First Letter of St. John we are asked, “How can we love God whom we have not seen if we do not love our neighbor whom we see?” (Paraphrased from 1 John 4:20)

Some suggestions for ways we can grow in our love of God and neighbor:

  • Set aside quiet time to be with God in prayer. Allow God to speak to us about loving our neighbor.
  • Take a moment to see the gift of each person, especially the person we find difficult to love.
  • Be fully present to the person speaking with us here and now.
  • Be present at this very moment, no matter where we are or what we are doing.

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CommentBubbleSr. Rose, thank you for your thoughts for Sunday! Good ones to post on our mirror! -- Joan