With our weekend “falling back” in Daylight Savings Time I get the sense that my opportunities to sit outside each morning for Morning Prayer are quickly fading with each passing date on the calendar. Sunday morning was perfect however and I sat on my patio behind our house with my coffee and soaked in some sunshine before we went to Mass.
During Morning Prayer I read the passage below and the highlighted section is one seemed to leap off the page at me, much as I’ve illustrated in the photo below that I took of my breviary.
“May we live the faith we profess”
And how do we do this? A place to start is provided in the Gospel reading at Mass on Sunday.
From Mark 12:28b-34:
One of the scribes came to Jesus and 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.
We don’t have to do big things and attempt to earn our way into the kingdom of God. If we instead do all of the little things each and every minute of every day, things so small and seemingly insignificant that we often overlook them, we will be honoring the two great commandments Jesus was referring to in Mark. We do not take such actions in order to say “look at me”. We do them to say “look at Him” as we reflect Christ’s light into the world as we are called to do as Christians.
Then shall we live the faith we profess and be close to the kingdom of God.