Friday 24 March 2017

About Today Readings

Fri 24th. St Irenaeus. Ho 14:2-10; Mk 12:28-34.

‘To love your neighbour as yourself, this is far more important than any holocaust or sacrifice.’ Mark 12:33

Love your neighbour as yourself. This is another Copernican revolution, but it is a very uncomplicated message and very simple to put into practice. This shouldn’t be hard. All we need to understand is that, for God, unity is just as important as individuality. Love unifies individuals and makes them whole. Jesus wants me to transcend my fears and self-centredness, to understand that I am more connected with creation than I am separate from it, and to see life through the eyes of my nieghbour. Jesus sets us an example. We follow. Simple? Not quite: I am losing my beloved in a few weeks. Why must I lose the one I love, and then be asked to love the one I do not know? And Jesus says back to me: ‘Give, and you will be given full measure in return.’ Lord, teach me to be generous.

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