In the Gospel for this week, we see ﬁrsthand the peace and simplicity that ﬂows from entering into relationship with Jesus.
When we are able to approach him with humility and not skepticism, then Jesus is able to reveal his deepest commandments to us—that we are made to love God and neighbor.
Return to the Gospel for this week. Here, Jesus lays out the twofold commandment of love for those who have ears to hear. We are called both to love God above all things and to love our neighbor with the love of Christ. Take the word that comes to mind and reﬂect on what it means to you personally. For example, the phrase “The Lord our God is Lord alone!” might have stuck out to you. Ask yourself what this means in your own life. Is the Lord asking you to remove an idol from your life, which is preventing you from worshipping him alone?
In his book Interior Freedom, Fr. Jacques Philippe says, “Lacking hope, we don’t really believe God can make us happy, and so we construct our happiness out of covetousness and lust. We don’t wait to ﬁnd the fullness of our existence in God, and so we shape an artiﬁcial identity grounded in pride. Or else—the most common condition among people of good will— we would like to love and be generous in loving and giving ourselves, but we are held back by fears, hesitations, and worries. Lack of trust in what God’s grace can do in our lives, and what we can do with his help, leads to a shrinkage of the heart, a lessening of charity. But, as St. Thérèse of Lisieux said, trust leads to love.”
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