Hosea 14:2-10 / Mark 12:28-34
Jesus talks about love
“Love your neighbor as yourself. ”
Author Ardis Whitman was having a hard time recovering from the death of her son. One night her college-aged granddaughter and her granddaughter’s boyfriend took Ardis to a nightclub. When the orchestra struck up a memory-laden song, Ardis began to cry.
Spontaneously, the young couple took her hands and held them in theirs. That simple gesture of love, Ardis said later, “made God seem very close to me.” It also reminded Ardis of something the great Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore said about a dear friend who had come to visit him: “After you had taken your leave, I found God’s footprints on my floor.”
How loving are we toward others, especially toward our own flesh and blood?
“One kind word can warm three winters.” Japanese proverb (ML)
When we read books like the "7 Habits of Highly-effective People" or "The Joy of Living" or other inspirational books, they give very interesting and very good pointers for life.Yet, when we think about it carefully, the principles of life are actually very simple. It is actually what Jesus said in today's gospel: Love God and love neighbour. Sounds simple, but it may take a whole life-time to discover the truth of such a simple statement. Because we tend to love things and be self-centered. Yet the season of Lent calls us back to the love of God.
In the 1st reading, the prophet Hosea not only called his people back to this love of God, he also proclaimed how much God loves His people even though they turned away from Him.
We may remember that hymn of Hosea - Come back to me with all your heart, don't let fear keep us apart. Long have I waited for your coming home to me and living deeply our new life.
The way of life is indeed simple: Love God and neighbour. That is the way that Jesus is teaching us.
As the 1st reading ends off - For the ways of the Lord are straight, and virtuous men walk in them, but sinners stumble. (SY)