June 5, 2008
Saint Boniface, bishop
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." The scribe said to him, "Well said, teacher. You are right in saying, 'He is One and there is no other than he.' And 'to love him with all your heart, with all your understanding, with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself' is worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices." And when Jesus saw that (he) answered with understanding, he said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God." And no one dared to ask him any more questions.
Introductory Prayer: Lord, I believe that you are the greatest teacher. The scribe asked you a specific question, and you gave a very clear answer. I trust in you. I remember that you are in the boat with me so that I need not fear – no matter how large the waves and no matter how strong the wind.
Petition: Lord, help me to listen to your word with an open and a trusting heart. You placed the commandment of loving one’s neighbor on the same level as loving God with all one’s heart. Help me to understand the newness of this beautiful doctrine.
1. Our “Global Positioning System” (GPS) The commandments are God’s directions to help us reach our destination: heaven. They come from God’s goodness and wisdom. They are our best path. They are effective. They make the road shorter. With them we need less energy to arrive at our destination. Am I in good spirits because I know I am taking the best road? Do others see this conviction in me? Are there any complaints along the road?
2. A Happy Man In Christ’s parable about the man who discovers treasure in a field and sells everything to buy that field (Matthew 13:44), the man is completely happy because he found a treasure that will solve all of his needs. He can sing and dance, even though he still has to work hard to collect that treasure. He is a new man in spirit. Am I a happy person? Do I take care of preserving my joy?
3. Treasure Bound We can be happy in the measure to which we are united with Christ and work hard for him, our treasure. A serious project requires solid dedication, demanding effort and a frequently-renewed commitment. But in it, we are filled with the satisfaction of using our time and talents to the best of our ability. Am I working hard? Am I able to do the things that Christ asks me to?
Dialogue with Christ: Lord, I love you. I thank you. I want to be a happy person. What is keeping me from experiencing this when I have you with me every moment of my life? Help me to handle difficulties better. Give me strength. May I always trust in your providence.
Resolution: No matter what happens today, I will remember that I am the happy person who has found a treasure.
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