Homily (Reflection) for Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter (18th May, 2018) on the Gospel
Ps 102:1-2.11-12.19-20. (R. v. 19);
Topic: Enough love for God.
What God requires of us is very clear: “The LORD is our God, the LORD alone. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all you soul, and with all your might” (Deut 6:4b-5; cf. Mk 12:29-33). God wants all to fear Him, to walk in all His ways, to love Him, and to serve Him with our whole heart and soul, cf. Deut 10:12. 26:16. 30:2. And both our survival and progress depend on our compliance, cf. Deut 30:6, 9-10.
In the Jewish culture, certain numbers mean more than amount or quantity. The number three (3) is one of them. It signifies completeness and stability. And while confirming His choice of Peter as the visible head of His church, Jesus asked him three times in today’s gospel, “Do you love me?” Jesus demanded for Peter’s whole and firm love because God has no place for half-measures or part-time disciples, cf. Matt 10:37; Lk 9:62; Rev 3:16. He always give us the best and demands nothing but the best in return, cf. Jn 15:13; 1Jn 4:10.
We ought to be ever ready to submit everything to the will of God not minding the circumstances. He is demanding our whole self.
Bible Reading: Mk 12:28-34.
Thought for today: God requires your whole self.
Let us pray: God, help us to love you above every other thing including our lives – Amen.
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