Friday in the Third Week of Lent, Mar 24, 2017
Lucia Martin


Scripture for the Day

Mark 12:28-34, Hosea 14:1-9, Psalm 81:8-14
On the face of it, Jesus' charge about how we should live appears simple: love God with all your being and love your neighbor as yourself.  In fact, you would think that the second part might be more challenging than the first, as so many of our neighbors are so different from us in so many ways. 
Loving God with all your being requires being fully present to him, so that we are always mindful of his presence in our lives....this isn't always easy and requires a great deal of focused practice, particularly in this world we are a part of. As a part of Lenten practice, engaging in mindfulness activities can provide pockets of quiet to help be aware of God in all his wonder and of our gratitude for all that he has given us. These can be small moments of mindfulness, like paying attention to the feel of the ground under our feet, the breath as it moves in and out, the taste of food, or the beauty of the sky just after sunset. As we practice being fully aware of God's presence and of acknowledging our gratitude for his many gifts, we open ourselves to being aware of our neighbors as well...seeing and appreciating the differences that make us human and building bridges to enable us to love our neighbors as we are able to love ourselves through God's love.


Last Published: March 24, 2017 8:55 AM