May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/030416.cfm

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.

Do you understand this? If you love God, your neighbor and yourself, you would not, could not, sin. Why? Because we do not want to hurt those we love. And if we recognize who are neighbor is, we lose the desire to hurt them. Think about what Jesus is telling you here. How far do you have to go to love first and foremost God and everyone in your life?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the love you have shown me. In that love I have learned to love others. In Jesus’ holy name I give you praise! Amen.

I am the Lord your God: hear my voice.

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