Saturday, 10 July 2010

Love the Lord your God with all your heart

This week the Gospel comes from Luke 10:25-37. In the Gospel story we read that "a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, 'Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?'" (Luk 10:25 RSV). Jesus gives the answer that "What is written in the Law? How does it read to you?" to which the lawyer replies "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself." (Luk 10:26:27).

After this the lawyer asks Jesus "And who is my neighbor?" (Luk 10:29 RSV) and Jesus tells the parable of the man who fell in the hand of robbers on the way to Jericho. There are a lot of interesting little facts in this story, but I will divert a bit from the Gospel and focus on the little part which reads "Love the Lord your God with all your heart" trying to continue the reflection on "God's presence in our lives" which I started last Wednesday.

I was trying to explain a bit of my recent journey, and how it is important to keep focussed on Jesus. How it is so easy to get carried away with all kinds of good things, while slowly loosing sight of what really matters. I also start to realize that it is important to be more active in our relationship with God. This can partly be through study, in particular the scriptures, but also by sharing our experience of our relationship with God with others, no matter how small and unimportant it seems. As mentioned in the last post, I had a few very interesting and deep conversations in the last few weeks. This really re-enlighted the fire in my own heart, something that happens when we share the experience of God's love with others.

I am in Belfast at the moment, and yesterday I visited the family of the priest with whom I am staying over here, and during the conversation I told a short version of my conversion story. I have told the story a lot of times at this stage, and it does not seem significant to me, but the reaction of others makes me realise how much God has done for me. By relating my journey of the last few years to them it makes me realise myself the great things God has done for me, and the immense love he has for all of us. This love is the driving force of everything, and this love is the reason I am walking the path I am walking. It is however very easy to forget all of that and to lose sight of God's overall gentile hand guiding us when we get stuck in the daily events of our lives.

Youth 2000 here in Belfast were down in the city center promoting the Clonmacnois Youth Festival with live music, drama and games while contacting young people and telling them about the festival. It was great to see them doing it, but I also realised that I have to try harder to share my own faith as well. During the week I have been working on some video editing and I realised that in the time in the office I didn't really talk with the others in the office about God directly. It makes me remember that the importance to take an example in St. Dominic, who was always talking either with God or about God... I am defiantly lacking a bit in the talking about God part, whatever about the talking with God!

Well, I guess I even got a bit of the topic "Love the Lord your God with all your heart". But it is really in love that the secret of our relationship with God is to be found. This is the fire that burns in our heart, and is the fire that moves us. If only the realization of God's love would be clear it changes everything, if only we would be able to realise the depths of it. If the love between two people is in anyway a pointer to pure love, then it must be clear how tremendous a furnace it is... this emotion on a human level which can sometimes completely overtake us, being available to us in an infinite form on a spiritual level is just mind blowing I think...  

Well this reflection ended up a bit more of an attempt to voice my thoughts about the last weeks. Hopefully at least somebody can connect with it and might find it helpful, and I will try to get my act together a bit better for next week. It is now time for me to go and open the Church for the Vigil Mass...


Cioara Andrei said...

Foarte interesant subiectul deybatut de tine.M-am uitat pe blogul tau si imi place ce am vazut, cu siguranta am sa mai revin o zi buna!

Hepzibah The Watchman said...

May God bless you on your journeys.


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