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