Friday 29 March 2019
Hosea 14:2-10. Psalm 80(81):6, 8-11, 14, 17. Mark 12:28-34
I am the Lord, your God: hear my voice – Psalm 80(81):6, 8-11, 14, 17.
‘If only my people would listen to me!’
How many times does God call us to listen? Listening is a thread in the psalm and the Gospel today. The scribe had listened to the debate and felt Jesus had given a good answer, but may have been surprised, when in answer to his question, Jesus names two commandments and links them together as one.
He explains that love for God cannot be separated from love for one another. He teaches us that we show our love for God in our practical love for our neighbour. How many times in our day does our God plead with us? Can we stop, set aside our busyness and hear those loving words from today’s psalm: ‘You have only to listen, my people, while I give you warning.’