10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Daily Gospel with a prayerful heart.
By Jane Borg (No.151)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 13:18-23
But when the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered themselves together. One of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”
And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment.
The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’
On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”
What a challenge – to love God with all our heart, all our mind and all our soul! If we were to really do this, what would it mean for us?
It would mean putting God’s way of thinking above ours.
It would mean guarding our hearts and minds, and by default our souls, by not constantly exposing them to things that break down our capacity to love God with our whole being – prestige, money, power, parties….
It would mean putting into our lives good practices that deliberately turn our minds and hearts towards God and hence bring food to our souls – prayer, sacraments, fellowship with like-minded Christians, reading spiritual works and reflecting on God's Word; the bible.
For many of us, these practices may be in place, yet it can be a leap for us to contemplate loving our neighbour at the same depth. Constantly loving and forgiving those in our lives is hard work and it will continue to be hard work.
This is the call on our lives; a call which can be made a little easier through the grace available to those who do turn their minds and hearts towards God and call on his help.
Jesus would not have challenged us with these two great commandments if he was not prepared to help us live them out.
In those times when loving God and others seems just too hard, reach out to Jesus and ask for the grace. He never fails us.
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.