Friday of the Third Week of Lent
Malvern Minute

 

Friday of the Third Week of Lent

March 20, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 

Book of the Prophet Hosea 14:2-10

Psalm 81

Mark 12:28-34

 

When we listen to or read Sacred Scripture we are continually reminded of the love that God has for us.  The prophet Isiah said, “A mother may forget her child in the womb but God will never forget about us.”

An example of this form of love comes from our first reading from the prophet Hosea.  It is a moving witness, if you will, to the triumph of God’s love over the repeated sinfulness of His people.  The people, at last, recognize that human alliances will not save them, nor will any “man-made god’s,” but only in the love that is expressed in faithfulness to the Covenant.  The fruit of God’s love for the people were expressed very clearly.

We can try but I don’t think we could ever imagine how much God loves.  In order to save us when we are lost, He sent His only begotten Son so that, in giving up His life, He would redeem us from the sinful state we have fallen into.

This love moves Him to give Himself to us, to commit Himself to us.  Even if we fall into sin we have the opportunity for forgiveness through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Friends, the love I speak of is reciprocal.  As Jesus taught us we shall love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul and strength.  But there is more.  We are called to love others as we love ourselves.

Not a bad trade off for the reward of eternal life – is it?

Question of the Day:  Are you prepared to love others unconditionally as our Father in heaven loves you?

Prayer:  Lord God, help us to follow the example of our holy saints who have gone before us, so that we may serve You with love and obtain perfect joy.  Amen.

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