Catholic Mass Readings and Reflection June 06, 2024


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R/. O Lord, make me know your ways.

V/. Alleluia

R/. Alleluia

V/. Our savior Christ Jesus abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.

R/. Alleluia.

At that time: One of the scribes came up and asked Jesus, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him. And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbour as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that no one dared to ask him any more questions.

1.      So much is spoken about love and at the very same time, so little is done about it. Love is the most needed and it is also the most disused and abused. Often, lust and selfishness are promoted in the name of love.

2.      Today, once again, Jesus clarifies, certifies and rectifies our whole way of life and religion by the principle of love. He reiterates love as the greatest commandment. It is not only a rule of religion. It is not a spiritual law alone.

3.      It is the essence and quintessence of the whole of human life. It is a love for God that is total and entire in full measures, with whole mind, heart, strength and soul. It is a love that places total trust in God even in desperate situations, like Tobit and Sarah.

4.      It is a love that clings to God, with an unfailing hope in His mercy against all hopes. It is a love that gives the topmost priority to God above all things. It is a love that gives full measures to God. It is a love that embraces God and clings to His will, in all circumstances. It is a love that breathes ceaselessly a passionate love for God. It is a love that beats for God with vibrant vibrations.

5.       It is also love that loves the other with a total love paramount to the love for one’s own self. Everyone loves himself. Everyone desires good and happiness of one’s self. In the same way, one should love the other with the same sincere and highest love.

6.      This twofold or two-pronged love is the greatest of all, surpassing all the ritual offerings and religious practices. The practice of religion or spirituality without love for God and for others is not acceptable and pleasing in the sight of God.

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