June 2, 2016
My dear brothers and sisters—
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. (Mark 12:32-33)
Too rarely do we take something like this from the Gospels, that love letter written by God himself to you and to me, to our hearts, the love letter that is also the covenant of our destiny—too rarely do we take it and let it become the fire that lights our life.
He is One and there is no other than he: There is but one God, there is but one Jesus at whose name every knee shall bow, in the heavens and on the earth (cf. Philippians 2:10); there is but one God whom we can approach who proves himself worthy of honor and blessing and praise; there is but one God who has placed within you already, from before your birth, the fullness of your destiny—a life lived pursuing him, receiving the fullness of him, as the first commandment unfolds within your life, to love him with all your heart.
[To] love him with all your heart, with all your understanding, with all your strength: All. Everything. Surrendered—the deepest wounds, the darkest sin, the most thwarted past—surrendered, converted, recreated and made anew in his love. God does not command the impossible—no, he commands that which requires him to attain it, so that, in fulfilling this, he shows us and those to whom we witness the fullness of his glory. All. Everything. From you, from me, from every other.
[To] love your neighbor as yourself is worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices: How do you love yourself? You love your destiny—you love that he has made you in his image, for a room in his house, and so thus you love your neighbor this way: you love his destiny, you love his room in the Father’s house, you yearn with a desire that he know it and be filled with it; that he too stand before and recognize the One like whom there is no other.
If we are unfaithful
he remains faithful,
for he cannot deny himself. (2 Timothy 2:13)
A prayer: Make our hearts like yours, Jesus, meek and humble!