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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

June 7, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Tobit 6:10-11; 7:1bcde, 9-17; 8:4-9a
Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5
Mark 12:28-34

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

So often we seem to knock ourselves out trying to understand what God wants from us, when in fact He tells us very straightforwardly that what He wants, is for us to love God and to love our neighbor.

Love that is not self-serving and demands nothing in return is spontaneous and fully giving. It doesn’t worry what the other person might think. The problem is that we are marred and broken and not the beautifully perfect creation God intended us all to be. Because of sin we know that, like Adam cowering in the Garden, we are naked and sinful. Our ill-begotten knowledge spews forth shame and misgivings.

Are we to continually try, even though we often pitifully fail to love even in the smallest and purest of ways? Should we give up and chalk up all our shortcomings to our fallen nature? If that was the case we would be beyond hope—and any effort would be fruitless.

To make our best effort at each and every moment to love Him and our neighbor, is what God wants. Some days our best efforts are constrained by our nature and the circumstances that immediately impact us. At other times we may have more strength, courage and resources. Then, our best would require much more from us.

In any case, we must be committed to do our best, what ever our best may be at any particular moment. God has given us His best, may it be our joy to always strive to do the same!

- Journeymann

Thursday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

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