Sunday Reflection, by S. Jane McConnell, OSF

First Reading: Deut. 30:10-14
Second Reading: Col. 1:15-20

Gospel: Luke 10:25-37
In the first reading for this Sunday’s liturgy, Moses tells the people, “This command I enjoin on you today is not too mysterious and remote for you.  It is not up in the sky, nor is it across the sea that you should say, ‘Who will go up in the sky or across the sea to get it for us and tell us of it, that we may carry it out.’  No, it is something very near to you already in your mouths and in your hearts; you have only to carry it out.”
In the Gospel, Jesus reveals more clearly what this command given to each of us is: “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind…and your neighbor as yourself.”
Each of us most likely learned these Scriptures and God’s words to us and had them instilled in our hearts through our parents, family, teachers, and the faith communities with whom we have lived, worshipped, and prayed.  It is our own fidelity to prayer and the community of faithful disciples of Jesus who continue to support us in deepening and living this call to love in our lives each day.
Your words, Faithful God, are Spirit and Life.  They refresh my soul and guide my life each day.  They are trustworthy and reveal your wisdom to me.  Your words bring rejoicing to my heart and clear vision for me to see.  Help me to treasure your words and your call, which are more precious than gold, more enduring and more true.  Continue to transform me to live as your faithful disciple, as I seek to love more fully each day.  Amen.

Jane McConnell, OSF
Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg

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