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Love God with Your Whole Heart

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

Matthew 22:34-40 New American Bible

Matthew 22:34-40 Bible Gateway New International Version

 

“You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all of your mind.”

 

If you have trouble remembering all of the Ten Commandments God gave to Moses, these two commandments cover it all. “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all of your mind. You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love God more than anything or anyone. Love your neighbor as yourself. Does this sound easy? I know God is looking down on you right now. Does he think you love him more than anything or anyone?  How much of your day do you spend praying and talking with God. Are you showing that you love your neighbor as much as you love yourself?  Some people are easy to love as much as you love yourself. With others, the temptation to hate them is very strong. First, you need to ask God to forgive you for not loving that person as much as you love yourself. Second, you need to find out what you are afraid of. When you dislike someone, it is usually because you are afraid. You need to ask God to take away your fear. If you dislike someone because they are doing evil things, pray that God show that person a clear path of how to choose good over evil ways. It’s okay to dislike what someone does, but God expects us to love and forgive them as he loves and forgives us. If you ask God to show you the clear path to heaven, he will show you how to love as he does. He will show you how to forgive as he forgives. He will help you love him with all of your whole being. He will help you love your neighbor as yourself.

If you have trouble loving yourself, God will help you love yourself. Sometimes a little voice inside you is always telling you what you do wrong. It tells you: “Can’t you do anything right? What’s wrong with you?” Other times a voice may say:  “You did your very best. It’s okay. I love you, anyway.” This is what God would say to you. Imagine what God is saying to you. What God thinks about you is what is important. If you show God that you love him above everything and everybody, then he will help you love yourself and love your neighbor, too. Then you will spend eternal life with God in heaven.
          Say the “Our Father.” This prayer will calm you down. God hears your prayer.

 

“Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

 

  

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