November 4, 2018: With Whole-hearted Love
With Whole-hearted Love
In today’s gospel we hear Jesus describing the two great commandments. We are to love God with every dimension of our humanity – mind, heart, soul, strength. And we are to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. These are the greatest commandments, Jesus tells us. When we observe them whole-heartedly we are not far from the Kingdom of God.
We express our love of God every time we gather to celebrate the Eucharist. In today’s Psalm (number 18) we use very direct language about this love: “I love you, O Lord, my strength.” This Psalm verse can be a little prayer we call to mind throughout the week as we go about our daily living. We express our love of neighbor when we compassionately reach out to persons who are experiencing challenges physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually. We are to love God with the whole of our humanity. We are to love our neighbors who seek wholeness and serenity in their lives.
At this time in your life, how are you called to grow in whole-hearted love of God? How are you being called to love others in a way that helps them to come to wholeness?