Day Eight - 40 Day Prayer Pledge
Posted on March 04 2020
And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that He [Jesus] answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that He is one, and there is no other besides Him. And to love Him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that no one dared to ask him any more questions. Mark 12:28-34
Jesus is asked to give ONE commandment, but He actually gives two: love God and love your neighbor. Why are these so closely connected? How do we show that we love God? How do we show that we love our neighbor? Read the passage again, slowly, maybe out loud; think about what kind of effort you make to follow Christ’s favorite commandments, and where you can give a greater effort. Ask for strength and guidance from the Lord.
(Make the Sign of the Cross)
St. Francis of Assisi
A Prayer to Become a Mature Follower of Christ
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy;
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.