Reflection. See the World through Spiritual Eyes- Love Conquers All

Gospel MK 12:28-34

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.
Reflection.  Today’s Gospel readings is so much more to me now than ever.  The more I look with “spiritual” eyes, the more I realize that God is love.  I have read many a book lately regarding NDEs or Near Death Experiences, of people lucky enough to observe the Kingdom, and then come back and tell the story.  Whether you believe the stories or not, the main topic, with every single story is the same- LOVE.  God created man out of love, so that he too could be loved.  We live in such troublesome times; times that may seem worse than ever before, but as a History major, I can tell you that all times are troublesome.  That being said, we, as human beings, claim to be Christian, claim to proclaim the Gospel, but all too often, particularly now, get caught up in consumerism, in materialism, and in capitalism.  These thoughts, these actions, will truly destroy our way of life, destroy our souls.  We have come to a point in life, where God is no longer the center, but is something that as a whole, we put by the way-side, in lieu of material, earthly possessions, and need.  Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict, in his most recent General Audience address, mentions this in full stating:
“Man is not in charge today, money is in charge, money rules. God our Father did not give the task of caring for the earth to money, but to us, to men and women: we have this task! Instead, men and women are sacrificed to the idols of profit and consumption: it is the “culture of waste.””
We have forgotten somehow the two most important commandments, to Love our God with all Our Hearts, and to love our neighbors as ourselves.   Our constant desire and culture has now turned into a culture of waste, fraud, and abuse.  We treat the Earth and those on the Earth as obstacles, as profit, as Earthly things, forgetting our Creator that made them.  We must ask ourselves, do we truly obey the two commandments that Christ said were the most important?  Do act accordingly each and every day?  Do we teach our young ones the words of God, or do we teach them the new culture that has presented itself as an obstacle to our Lord.  Change must happen from within, change must happen by giving back to the poor, comforting the sick, visiting and loving the elderly, and taking care of our environment as if it were a gift and not a “give-in”.  We must do this by reaching our youth.  By setting forth the example.  By teaching our children what it means to truly love.  By praying to look at the world in a new way- through spiritual eyes, and not human ones.  We must put forth the effort, we must not be afraid of the obstacles in our way.  Particularly in America, we must not be afraid of persecution from our Government, whom every day leads us to a path of destruction, and to a path further from God.  The new HHS mandates, the new laws that in the past twenty years have taken God out of schools, the numerous unjustified wars for profit.  All of these things, in retrospect, have led us further away from God, and His chosen plan for us.  And we have no one to blame for all of this, but ourselves.  As Soldiers of Christ, we must get out of our comfort zones, and not be afraid to LIVE and PROCLAIM the Gospel.  Jesus even taught us that we must be willing to die for His name.  Are you willing and ready to do that?  This is not a militant message, rather a message that through peace, love, and looking at the world through “spiritual” eyes, we can change our ways, we can change our vision, we can change our children for the better.  We do this through love, for what conquers love?  Saint Francis, when he met with the Muslim Sultan, was not afraid of death, was not afraid of persecution- no instead he showed what a true Christian is, through love.  We must love all, must  love our enemies, and those whom have forsaken us.  Until you are willing to forgive, you cannot display nor know love.  You must struggle with your inner turmoil, and understand God’s true purpose, and this will not happen overnight.  I struggle each and every day, but the most important weapons that I have cannot and will not be defeated.  Prayer, Reflection, and Love.  Our prayers flow through G0d’s heart, and he returns that same love to us.  All we have to do, is open our hearts, just as He opens His heart for us.  God Bless!  ~CJA

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