First Reading: Deuteronomy 6: 2-6
Psalm Response: Psalm 18: 2-4, 47, 51
Second Reading: Hebrews 7: 23-28
Gospel: Mark 12: 28-34
Today we are told to love God with our whole heart, soul, mind and strength…and our neighbor as ourselves. In this day we are challenged to our limit to speak and act according to this message. God loves us with the love God has for God’s self and calls us to love with all the strength that we have within to love as God loves. That asks us to stretch beyond our fears, our biases and love all people with such all-encompassing love. We are all lovable as we are in all our imperfections, foibles and quirks. We may look, speak and come from different backgrounds, but we all deserve and have the capacity to love beyond our limits.
In the Gospel today Jesus is called Teacher. Let us rely on that wisdom of Jesus to teach us how to love as he loves. As he held all in his compassion and generous love, so we are called to be generous and compassionate to one another in our daily relationships and toward those we do not know.
Compassionate God, Teacher, help us in our resolve to love as you love teaching us to reach beyond ourselves and our small worlds to be compassionate toward all. Be with us, present within us, that we may hold others in this generous limitless love and do what we can to care for them whether they are like us or not. May our eyes, arms and prayers be open toward all as you teach us to care for ourselves and one another.