Prayer of the Day
Third Week of Lent – Women’s World Day of PrayerMarch 4th, 2016
The Scribes were the teachers of the Law and like the Pharisees they continuously followed Jesus around asking questions and listening to his answers. The Scribe in today’s reading asked Jesus what he considered to be the first and most important commandment. Jesus answered without hesitation; “To love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.” Then Jesus added a second; “To love your neighbour as yourself.” The Scribe seemed to be impressed with his answer. It was obvious that this Scribe was very well versed on the subject yet despite his knowledge Jesus looked at him and said; “You are not far from the kingdom of heaven.” He wasn’t quite there yet but at least unlike the Pharisees he was getting there. Intellectual knowledge of God is not enough. We have to put our love for God into practice by the way we love the people we meet every day. This is the only way we can prove our love for God. St. John of the Cross said that; “In the evening of life we will be examined on love.” At the Last Supper, just before Jesus departed from his disciples, he gave them a new commandment; “To love one another as he had loved them.” In this way they would show that they were his disciples.
Lord Jesus touch our hearts with your love so that we may be able to keep the new and challenging commandment of love that you gave us. Amen