“Love is, um, … God and Neighbor “ – Mk 12:28-31†

Wife and Kids are on their way to the big metropolis of “Nowata, OK.” Home alone for a few days. Catching up on studying, reading, watching tv, and the ultimate sleeping time.

Today’s reflection is about the two great “love” commandments from Jesus.


Quote or Joke of the Day:


There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved. — George Sand


Today’s Meditation:


One of the scribes, when he came forward and heard them disputing and saw how well he had answered them, 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.” (NAB Mk 12:28-31)


Jesus often taught with parables or stories.  He also taught from the heart in a down to earth and matter of fact manner, as He does in this case.  Jesus was questioned frequently by the church officials: the Pharisees, Sadducees, and the Scribes.  This time he said something that caused a silence to erupt in the crowd, and among the church leaders.  The scribe in this reading was a highly educated person who knew that loving your neighbor and loving God were the highest goals of fulfilling the Mosaic Law. 

We need to have a similar understanding as this scribe.  In truly loving God, we must love all that God holds dear: that being His creations.  In truly loving God, we must love all our neighbors and strangers equally.  His love for us is not selective, and our love for others cannot be selective either. 

As I often write, do you see Jesus in everyone you meet?  In everything we do, we are demonstrating our love to God.  When we go to Church, when we support our parish financially, when we smile at the person in the car next to us in traffic, you are doing so to God as well.  And, when we cuss out the person in the next cubicle, cheat someone, or lie, you are also doing so to God. 

“Jesus, give me the grace to understand others, and to see you in others.  Open my eyes and heart to your magnificent glory.  I wish to do everything in the name of love.  Amen.”


Pax et Bonum

Dan Halley, SFO




Franciscan Saint of the Day:  Bl. Angela Salawa


Blessed Angela Salawa, daughter of Bartholomew Salawa and Eva Bochenek poor but religious farmers, was born on  September 9, 1881 in Siepraw, very barren and unproductive, distant region 18 kilometers of Cracovia.  Angela was the youngest of nine brothers, born and grew up undernourished, weak and sickly, she was somewhat disobedient and capricious.  She received some schooling and learned to read, but was not able to spell very well.  But she became pious and eager to read good books after a period of rebellion.  In her late teens, she entered to the Association of Santa Zita, (working with sick people.)  Little by little she understood that her vocation was to suffer with Christ, and accept it resolutely, but conscious of its weakness.  She prayed many hours before the Santísimo Sacrament (Blessed Sacrament) and read books of high mystic content, taking notes from the practical points that she found.  By order of her confesor, she began to make notes of the mystical experiences.  The lady in whose house she worked, became ill seriously and died, attended by Angela .  After this, two relatives of the widower happened to live with her, and began to make difficulty for Angela in the life and the work.  She wrote that it feels suddenly that Jesus says to her: “Daughter, why do you worry?  I have not left to you “.  In order to follow more of, and to be near the poor Christ and crucificado, she becomes a Franciscan tertiary on March 15 1912, and is professed on the 6th of August of 1913. 

(From: Franciscanos.net (original language: Spanish))
(From http://www.franciscan-sfo.org website)


Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) Rule #12:


Witnessing to the good yet to come and obligated to acquire purity of heart because of the vocation they have embraced, they should set themselves free to love God and their brothers and sisters.


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