March 9, 2018
You Are Not Far From The Kingdom of God
In today's Gospel, Jesus summarizes the 10 commandments into two: to love God with our everything and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. Jesus is telling us that there is more than the commandments. When Jesus summed up the 10 commandments into 2, He opened up our hearts for loving. He wants us to understand that the essence of the commandments is to love. If we are to take the commandments to the letter, then we are just obeying rules. But when God said to love Him with our everything then it goes beyond what is stated in the commandments. Same goes with our neighbors, God wants us to love them and not just to limit ourselves to what is written on the commandments.
The invitation for us is to go deeper in our prayer. To build a more constant and intimate conversation with God as we grow our relationship with Him and to grow our love from Him. God also is inviting us to pray for our neighbors, so that we may be able to love them as how we love ourselves.