16, మార్చి 2023, గురువారం

Friday of the Third Week of Lent

 

Friday of the Third Week of Lent

Hosea 14:2-10

Mark 12:28-34

Total Commitment to God

 

Today, we are more concerned about having material possessions than developing real family relationships and friendships. And we spend our time, energies and resources in this regard which is dominated by work, money, appearances, power, position and possession. It is not necessarily bad, but extremely prioritising and not forging the actual valuable relationships has a negative impact on one’s life.

That’s why the readings of the day call upon total commitment that it speaks about the valuable relationship with God and others.

In the first reading prophet Hosea invites people to return to God and even guides them what they are supposed to say. He reminds them they primarily belong to God but  the problems and difficulties that they are experiencing are the result of their distancing from God. Hence, he urges them to return and repent of their words and deeds.  They are to:

1.    Turn from their mere external offerings to sincere internal repentance in their words (Prayer and worship)

2.    Turn from their trust in Assyria, its army and its God (so far they have relied upon them for their well being and offered themselves to their gods) To the One and Only God, who created, liberated and saved them always.

3.    Turn from the gods of their hands to the God of their forefathers. (today we have too, gods of our hands Like (money, fame, name, power and position..etc) 

God will shower his blessing and graces, provided they return to Him.

God will come to them, provided they heed to His voice.

God will heal their disloyalty, transgression out of his unconditional love, provided they sincerely rely on Him for their well being.

And in the last sentence of the first reading: Let him who is wise understand these things; let him who is prudent know them. Straight are the paths of the LORD, in them the just walk, but sinners stumble in them.” This leads us straight into the Gospel. What is the path of the lord that one needs to walk to be wise and to be blessed.

Gospel.

When a scribe asked Jesus, “Which is the first of all the commandments?” Jesus replies that :

The first is this:  Hear, O Israel!  The Lord our God is Lord alone!  You shall 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 shall love your neighbour as yourself.

The Path of the Lord is to love Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. It’s total commitment. Even, we do not usually like superficial and inconsistent love, so does God. and love of ourselves and others is inseparable from the first commandment. The order in which Jesus mentions is important because we usually care for me, my family and  then relationship with God if at all time is left.

 

This season of lent invites us today to have total commitment to God’s love.

Total reliance on God's providence.

Let us value which is more important in our lives today.

 

“Your heart must be wholly devoted to the LORD, our God, observing his statutes and keeping his commandments, as on this day.” (1 kings 8:61)

FR. JAYARAJU MANTHENA OCD 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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