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What's The Answer To All Our Problems?

Friday of the Third Week of Lent

Scriptural Readings: Hosea 14:2-10; Psalm 81:6c-8a, 8bc-9, 10-11ab, 14+17: Mark 12:28-34

My dear encountered couples:

So simple and yet so hard. That’s what Jesus lays at our feet day after day. A simple command, a heavy burden. We are to love God and everyone, even ourselves. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the world did that? There wouldn’t be any wars, any murders, any deceptions; there wouldn’t be any quarrels, any harsh words, any jealousies. Even relatives would be on good terms with one another. But it doesn’t seem to be working out that way, does it?

We all know the answer to our problems with other people. Enough of us just don’t seem to be taking that extra, big step necessary for bringing about the good results. The scribe Jesus talked to seems to have been a good man. He knew the formula for a wonderful life. Jesus told him he was not far from the “reign of God.” He was not far from heaven. All he had to do was take that extra, big step - or rather, huge step - and put what he already knew into practice.

What is the answer to our own problems and those of the world? Jesus tells us: “Hear, 0 Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone! Therefore, you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength ... and you shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.

So simple, yet so hard! But that’s the answer to all problems between people. Let’s keep trying to do our part so that that answer is not left blowing in the wind.


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