Daily Lenten Reflection

Live the Answers

Friday, March 8, 2013

St. John of God

“One of the scribes came up to Jesus and asked him, “Which is the first of all the commandments?”  Jesus replied:  “This is the first:  “Hear, O Israel!  The Lord our God is Lord alone!  Therefore you must…””  Mark 12:28-29

“EXCELLENT, TEACHER!!”, the Scribe said, “Yes, to love God with all our heart, with all our thoughts and with all our strength, and to love our neighbor as ourselves is worth more than any burnt offering or sacrifice.”  The scribe here had great courage to ask Jesus this question because no one else did within this conversation and lesson. 

Asking questions is a good thing, but we must discern why we ask them.  Is it out of love, is it to understand and comprehend, or is it to trip up another so that we look good or smart or better?  What is it that truly motivates our questions?  Do we question our God for the sake of an answer or for the sake of the question itself?  Lent calls us to reflect upon ourselves and our current place and status in life.  It also calls us to reflect upon our relationship with God.  How is that developing?  We must ask ourselves a question or two from time to time, such as:  “Who do I live for?  Why do I show kindness to another?  What is it that gets me out of bed in the morning?  Is it simply for myself or is it for love of the Lord God who is Lord alone?  We can do many things with our heart, with our thoughts, and with your strength and carry out many good deeds for our neighbor, but if it is not done out of love for God – It will fall short, very short of an act of holiness.

Today, instead of asking questions, think about how you can live the answers with “all your heart, with all your thoughts and with all your strength…and love your neighbor as yourself”.  May you find God in your midst smiling back at you out of love!

Sister Julie Myers, OSF/S

Sisters of St. Francis

Sylvania, Ohio

Hosea 14: 2-10; Psalm 81: 6c-11b, 14-17; Mark 12: 28-34

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