Our lists and God’s only wish

40 Shades of Lent, Friday, Week III, 29 March 2019
Hosea 14:2-10///Mark 12:28-34

Dear God: This may sound funny but really, there is no doubt that you are indeed God. And a very loving and patient Father at that!

Like in the gospel today, I really can’t imagine how we would always talk to you, asking you so many things that preoccupy us most of the time like our endless lists.

One of the scribes came to Jesus and asked him, “Which is the first of all the commandments?”

Mark 12:28

Everything has to be categorized with us, from the first to the last, from the biggest to the smallest, from the shortest to the longest, and so forth and so on.

But you, O Lord, never asked us with any lists. You simply ask us to live which is to love.

All these things you have asked through the prophet Hosea mean one thing which is to go back to you in love. Sometimes, the most basic and ordinary thing to do becomes the most difficult and complicated like love when we try to rank everything and even every one among us.

Teach us, O God, to simply love, love, and love.

Because where there is love, you are surely there. Amen.

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