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June 3 - Mark 12: 28-31

Fr. Michael MachacekNativity of Our LordJune 3, 2021
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today's other readings are from Tobit and Psalm 128

What prompts our decision to follow the Lord and practice our Catholic faith?  It may be the a deep seated sense that this is the right thing to do and what I need to do.  It may be because this was how I was raised.  And you can add your own reasons. 

And once you have committed yourself to doing so, what is it you need to do?  Well, every faith provides basic rules and guidelines to follow.  In our gospel, we hear of the ultimate rules or laws that form the basis of all other laws:  To love your God with all you heart, soul, mind and strength; and to love your neighbour as yourself.   

The question that is asked today, what is the greatest of the commandments, is asked within a Jewish context.  But as Catholic Christians, who have our own multitude of laws and duties to follow and fulfil, the two laws outlined by Jesus are also the foundation of all of our laws.  

If you ever find yourself in a spiritual slump, the greatest advice one could get is to return back to the fundamentals - Love God completely, and love your neighbour as yourself.  Doing so will help to get you back on track.