The Gospel Today
Friday of the Third Week of Lent
Mk 12: 28-34
One of the scribes came to Jesus and asked him,
“Which is the first of all the commandments?”
Jesus replied, “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 neighbor as yourself.
There is no other commandment greater than these.”
The scribe said to him, “Well said, teacher.
You are right in saying,
He is One and there is no other than he.
And to love him with all your heart,
with all your understanding,
with all your strength,
and to love your neighbor as yourself
is worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
And when Jesus saw that he answered with understanding,
he said to him,
“You are not far from the Kingdom of God.”
And no one dared to ask him any more questions.
Reflection (Sem. Louiemar C. Melgar)
With this gospel I come to consider asking myself the question; Do I love God with my entire heart, with my entire soul, with my entire mind, and with my entire strength? Yes, I love God but I think not yet with one hundred percent, only a fraction of it.
Long ago, back on my college days, I once read this passage from the Scripture: ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength; and you shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ After having read the Scripture passage I promised myself that I must follow these two commandments of our Lord. So, one morning while on my way to school I happened to meet a street kid asking money to buy food. I could have bought bread or something to satisfy his hunger, but I gave him only one peso. When my classmate borrowed money from me with the amount of one hundred pesos, I could have given the exact amount to him but I only gave fifty pesos. When my professor asked me a question during our class recitation, I answered him with only a part of my knowledge; I could have answered it perfectly, if only I studied my lessons well.
I think the reason why I could not fully love others was because I did not fully love myself as well, and most especially I did not fully love God. I could only give a minimal love to others, only a fraction of love to others; it was because I had only a minimal love for God and for myself. So, if I loved God, I would love others as well. I could not truly love God unless I also loved others.