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Lenten reflection, day 21

Scripture readings: Hosea 14:2-10; Psalm 81; Mark 12:28-34

Jesus’ answer to the scribe’s question in today’s Gospel is simple: love God and love your neighbor as yourself.

Sounds simple. And it is. But very often it is the simple things in life that give us the most trouble.

It is simple to tell the truth, but . . . It is simple to show up on time, but . . .

Jesus calls us to love God. Are we to run to some secluded cave to pray all day? Some are called to do that, but not most of us.

God calls most of us to show our love for Him by showing our love for those we run into day in and day out. That’s where “love your neighbor” comes into play.

How well do we show love and respect for parents, spouses, children, co-workers, and even the cranky old guy across the street?

We may say, “They don’t understand me” or “They hurt my feelings.” But are we always right and easy to love?

Lent is a time to examine our conscience. Do it right, and we can hear the same answer the scribe heard: “You are not far from the Kingdom of God!”

Rev. Michael Hopkins, C.Ss.R.
New York

Download our 2014 Lenten reflections booklet here.

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