Reading 1, Hosea 14:2-10
Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 81:6-8, 8-9, 10-11, 14, 17
Gospel, Mark 12:28-34
Lenten Homily – 3.9.2018
‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’There is no commandment greater than these.”
The greatest commandment that Jesus shares starts with the word “hear” and the strongest word that catches my eye is “Lord”.
There is only one who can be called Lord Jesus Christ so it is right that he receive all devotion. Religion involves great devotion and as human beings, we love to devote ourselves to all kinds of things.
That’s why I believe that you’re more religious than you think. We are “devotioners”. We give ourselves over to people, work, hobbies, ideologies, projects, NFL teams. We devote our energy, time, attention, and even money to our causes.
What does it mean to love God? It seems that it starts with “hearing”. The rest of the mandate seems to spell out “devotion”. Whatever the call is, it begins with listening. That presupposes that I have something to hear, to learn, to receive. This puts me in a posture of being the student.
I was running the other day and when I got to my turnaround point, I felt compelled to stop and listen. Ears attentive, heart open. What was being said and spoken? It’s a great exercise to make room to listen every day.
Religious people are listening people. What do you hear today?
May you hear that as much as God calls us to love Him and others/self, we are loved with an everlasting love. That is the first word we all need to hear.