Lent day 24 reflection – 12 March 2021

by Donn D’souza

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus.

Today we look at the Gospel of Mark, where Jesus speaks about the greatest commandment in the Gospel. Jesus says,

“This is the first. Listen, Israel. The Lord our God is the one only God and you must 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 must love your neighbour as yourself. There is no greater commandment than these.” -Mark 12:29-31

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, when the Word of God says, ‘listen, Israel’, the word ‘listen’ in Hebrew means: listen, understand, and obey. It’s a very practical word.

So when we make Jesus ‘the one God and Lord’, it means that He has full control of our lives and our time, and no one else has that kind of control. It means that He has exclusive access to our hearts, bodies and minds, and no one else has that access.

It means that we worship Him alone.

Now the Bible uses four words to describe us. It uses ‘heart, soul, mind, and strength’. Very interestingly, the Bible says, we are to give ‘all our heart’. And so our heart is not to be divided because we have the tendency to give our hearts easily to the world. Now is the time to give it to God alone.

And then it uses the word, ‘all our soul’, because our soul has a tendency to go around looking to be filled. But we know that only God can fill and satisfy our souls and He wants to fill us with His living water.

The Gospel uses the word ‘all our mind’, because our minds have a tendency to wander to worldly things and to try and be satisfied with many things at one time, thus cluttering our mind.

So by giving God our mind and body today, we will begin to know His perfect Will. There will be no doubt.

The Word, then uses ‘strength’, ‘all our strength’. Because when we give God all our strength, it is our act of faith to give God the best of us. Once we do this, we are given the grace to love our neighbour as ourselves. We’re able to love our neighbour, whoever our neighbour is. What an exciting time it is to be a good neighbour, especially in these times of uncertainty, sickness and lack of trust. What a brilliant time to be Jesus to our neighbours.

Brothers and sisters, God waits for us. He walks with us. Victory in Jesus waits for us as we surrender to the Lord Jesus today.

Have a blessed and Jesus-filled day!

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