Friday, 13 March 2015

You can't love one without the other

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Daily Gospel with a prayerful heart.
By Malcolm Davies (No.89)   
One of the scribes came up to Jesus and put a question to him, ‘Which is the first of all the commandments?’ Jesus replied, ‘This is the first: Listen, Israel the Lord our God is the one Lord, and you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this: You must love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.’ The scribe said to him, ‘Well spoken, Master; what you have said is true: that he is one and there is no other. To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and strength, and to love your neighbour as yourself, this is far more important than any holocaust or sacrifice.’ Jesus, seeing how wisely he had spoken, said, ‘You are not far from the kingdom of God.’ And after that no one dared to question him any more. (Mark 12:28-34)

You cannot love God without loving your neighbour and you cannot love your neighbour without loving God.

Our God has been revealed as a God of grace who has energises us with the Spirit to bring us into communion with God and with our brothers and sisters everywhere.
The clearest sign a disciple can show for their love of God is the love they show for their own family and then to the poor and marginalised.

The Commandment to love God and neighbour is the first, not because it is at the top of the list of Commandments, but because it is at the centre of the commandments.

It is from the centre, where our heart is in communion with the Trinity, that our love for others must go out and to which everything must return and refer.

Our God has been revealed as a communion of persons and we are called to live that life of communion with others as followers of Jesus.

We cannot separate a religious life, a spiritual life, from service to the brothers and sisters that we encounter.

We are called to incarnate our life of prayer and sacraments into a life of openness and service of Jesus in the poor that we encounter.  

The poor maybe financially poor but may also be the spiritually and relationally poor that is more common in our western society.

Malcolm Davies

5 minutes: READ the text slowly.
REFLECT on a phrase or word that struck you.
SPEAK to God about your thoughts.
5 minutes: LISTEN to God speak to you.
RESPOND with a prayer that feels right for you.

Next Reflection: Susanne Timpani Sunday 15th March, 2015