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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

June 3 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

2 Timothy 2:8-15
Psalm 25:4-5ab, 8-9, 10 and 14
Mark 12: 28-34

A reflection on today's Scripture:

How do we go about keeping the First Commandment as given to us by Jesus?

Jesus said:

"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul, with all your mind,
and with all your strength."
(Mark 12:30)

Loving in such a manner might remind one of the first love experiences of a teenager where they are sure the beloved will be theirs forever.

This is not the love Jesus refers to, in fact there may be very little feeling involved, or consolations as they are called. The love Jesus refers to is based on faith, on absolute trust. It is the kind of trust that a young child has with their parent. There is a oneness between the parent and child. There is the realization on the part of the child that they are loved. We too must first accept that we are loved by God and that we must place our trust in Him.

This love is based on faith, and faith is a gift, but it is one that we can nourish. Through regular prayer, either formal or informal, reception of the sacraments and spiritual reading, we can come to know the God who loves us.

People sometimes say, "I don't get anything out of Church or my relationship with God." The same could be said about any relationship in which we participate only half-heartedly once a week. With more effort on our part, we can come to know and trust Love Himself. We will also better appreciate how much God loves us!

~ Joan of Jesus, OCDS | email: jmurphy(at)syracuse(dot)net

Thursday, June 3, 2010
Thursday of the Eighth Week of Easter
St. Charles Lwanga, martyr,
and his companions, martyrs

Lives of the saints:

Full Scripture text from today's Liturgy of the Word:


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