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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

March 4, A.D. 2005

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

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart. . ."

The first and most important of the commandments is to have complete love and self-giving to God. We are called to love Him with all of our strength, heart, soul, and mind--in other words, with every fiber of our being. And the second great commandment follows from the first--we will love those who are in the image and likeness of God. In the first letter of John we are asked how we can pretend that we love God, Whom we cannot see, if we do not show evidence of loving our neighbor, whom we can see.

And this sacrifice of love is worth all the sacrifices of the Old Covenant.

When we can let go of ourselves enough to love God completely, we have sacrificed the only thing of value to God--our self-will. When we love Him, we will love those He has created--it cannot be otherwise. And once we grasp these truths, we too shall not be far from the kingdom of God.

- JuandelaCruz
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