Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Deut. 6:2-6 | Ps. 18:2-4, 47-51 | Heb. 7:23-28 | Mk. 12:28b-34

Love and sacrifice are two major themes of today’s readings.  We have heard this passage from Mark many times and could probably recite it word for word.  The question is: Do I live these great commandments each moment of my life?  If one were to write a eulogy on your life today, would it contain the message that you lived out of love for God and neighbor?   The trouble is, it is harder to live out of love on a day to day basis than it is to speak about love.  In Deuteronomy, we hear the call: “… love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength.”  Paul reminds us that Christ, who was perfect, was the only priest who offered one sacrifice, His very self.  All others before him had to offer sacrifices over and over again, because both priest and people were sinners.  Walking with Christ each day of our lives will bring us closer to an understanding of what it means to be lovers

Spend time today with Christ.  Notice how Christ loves all and cares for each person.  Allow Christ to touch you and to love you deeply.  Ask for the grace to learn how to be a true lover.  Take time to find one way in which you can love others more.  Make a plan to do so.

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