Sunday, November 4, 2012

On Loving God...

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.
(from The Book of Deuteronomy and the Gospel of Luke)

These words from today's first reading and the Gospel are a powerful statement of how our relationship with God should be:  a totality of self.  Not half-hearted.  Not when it's convenient.  Not when I feel like it.  Not when I need something.

Our God is infinitely patient, infinitely generous and extremely merciful.  But, it is up to us to be in relationship with Him.  He won't force us, but He always has His door open waiting for us to turn to Him.

Today take a few moments to ponder how these words of scripture apply to your life, your prayer.  Do you try to be present to Him always?  Do you apply your whole self to your prayer?  Do you allow God total access to your heart?  Your thoughts?  Your actions?

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