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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

February 29, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Hosea 14:2-10
Psalm 81:6c-8a, 8bc-9, 10-11ab, 14 and 17
Mark 12:28-34

A reflection on today's Scripture:

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

These are the greatest of the commandments and they replaced the more than 500 individual laws found in the Old Testament. God is love and His commandments to us are all about love, nothing more and nothing less.

But then . . . I find myself failing to love others or find it hard (if not impossible) to love some people. How can this be? Well, loving others is not always easy. In our imperfection there will be times when others just get under our skin or actually harm us in some way. How do we love these people?

We learn to love them by following the example of our Savior. He too found others doing the wrong thing, living in sin and committing terrible acts against others. He dealt with these people forcefully, but always in love. On the cross He forgave those who crucified Him, certainly a supreme act of love.

Is this always easy? Perhaps not, but we have an excellent Teacher and One who teaches through words and example.

- Don Claunch, SFO |
email: dlclaunch(at)bresnan(dot)net

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