March 16, 2016
When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together,
and one of them (a scholar of the law) tested him by asking,
“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”
He said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”
When Jesus gives us the greatest commandment, He also gives us a plan. He tells us how to love the Lord. And in his words, He tells us what the Father values most: First the heart, then the soul, then the mind.
The Lord desires your desire above all; a willingness and eagerness to know, love, and serve him. That eagerness and sincerity of heart is the most precious gift we can give. It is our gold, our frankincense, our myrrh. Then, He asks a purity of action and intent. The depths of our soul our longings should be colored by our love of the lord. Finally, He asks that we put our gifts and talents, our mental faculties to work for the Kingdom.
No single one of these ways to love the Lord are complete in their own right, and neither can they be given half-way. Jesus doesn't mince words or give us loopholes. There are a lot of "all"s and "greatest"s and "whole"s that make it clear that what He is saying here is absolutely essential to the life of a Christian!
But for me, I'm currently hearing God speak to me through this verse in this way: "Even if your gifts haven't been fully developed and fully utilized, or even if your desires or intentions sometimes stray from the path of righteousness, you can still give Me your heart. You can repent, return, and recommit yourself every day to the heart of Jesus. That is the greatest gift you can offer Me, and you should offer it always, even when you feel you aren't worthy or 'clean enough.' Your heart is the start back on a road to eternal life with Me."
Praised be Jesus Christ, who gave us His Sacred Heart.