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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

March 12 A..D. 2010

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:

Which is the first of all the Commandments? (Mark 12:28)

Nowadays we use the word "love" to express our enjoyment of practically anything. In consequence, we have clouded its true meaning which describes a human relationship that is deep, durable, caring and devoted to the good of the other.

Sadly, "love" is now being used to describe physical unions that omit the previous description and also any responsibilities or commitments connected with the act. Therefore, the objects of such a "love" are easily changed whenever one partner feels mired in boredom and seeks innovation.

Genuine love may begin with physical attraction but it soon inspires a mutual respect, a restraint that builds a sense of trust, personal worth, and well-being. True love seeks to better know the other, their moral views, life's ambitions, hopes and even human weaknesses, problems that need to be known, understood and addressed.

The above comments on love are prompted by today's gospel in which Christ insists that the first, most essential Commandment is learning to know and to love God with our entire being. The reason is that God is the origin and only source of a love that is pure, unbiased and unconditional. Because Love is God's very Nature and Being, and He is our Creator, Father and Teacher, we must learn from Him to love as He loves or we stay ignorant or become liars.

God has made the ultimate sacrifice by sending us His only Son in human flesh to show us precisely what genuine love is, a total self-giving, especially if it means saving the life of another, in His case the entire human race. How can we learn to truly love others? It can only take place through prayer by approaching Christ with the desire to obtain His help in improving our relationships; then remaining quiet and attentive to Him, He will speak to our hearts. This world's hatred, violence, greed, thievery and lust, a mere few of our sins, result mainly from refusing to hear and obey God's Word. Deafness to conscience, and self-gratification, are destroying morality.

O God, Father of all,
we thank You for sending peace to us in Christ, Your Son. Teach us to follow His example; turn us away from all iniquity and lead us to eternal life. Amen.

~ Marie Bocko, OCDS | email: mlbocko(at)twcny(dot)rr(dot)com

Friday, March 12, 2010

Friday of the Third Week of Lent

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