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dc.contributor.authorMiller, Marianaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2018-10-30T15:25:32Z
dc.date.available2018-10-30T15:25:32Z
dc.date.issued2018-11-04en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary Number: 152en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10504/119808
dc.description.abstractIn the first reading, we witness Moses' exhortation to the people of Israel:|"The LORD is our God, the LORD alone!  Therefore, you shall love the LORD, your God,|with all your heart,|and with all your soul,|and with all your strength.|Take to heart these words which I enjoin on you today." (Vv. 4-6)|Moses is telling his people that there is ONE God and that they should give God their undivided love. This was a real novelty because all their neighboring peoples had a multiplicity of gods that everybody worshiped at different times depending on seasons and needs.|Here, the people of Israel are asserting their identity as monotheistic, but even more than that, they believe in a god that demands their love, with all their heart, with all their soul , with all their strength; their God asks for all their LOVE. The Jewish God was a personal and relational God, a god who wanted to be in relation with his people.|In the gospel passage for today, Jesus quotes the scripture text in the first reading in responding to a scribe about the greatest commandment and adds that the second greatest commandment is: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." (v. 31) Jesus puts love of God and love of neighbor together. In this teaching moment Jesus shows us what he lives, he teaches us what it means to love God: to love God is to love our neighbor like we love ourselves. The scribe, who was testing him not only accepts this as "well said" (v. 32), but ads "…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." (v. 33) This scribe, interpreter of the Jewish law makes this remarkable claim. He really goes to the root of Jesus' message. He realizes that loving God is not about burning offerings and sacrifices but bout loving our neighbor as we love ourselves. And he was not far from the kingdom of God. (v. 34)|Do we really believe that loving God with our whole humanity and loving our neighbor like we love ourselves is more important than burning offerings and sacrifices? Do we live accordingly? Do we try to "substitute" love for our neighbor? How?en_US
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dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.relation.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10504/119694
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.titleReflection for Sunday November 4, 2018: 31st Week of Ordinary Time.en_US
dc.typeEssay
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.date.day4en_US
dc.date.year2018en_US
dc.date.monthNovemberen_US
dc.program.unitChristian Spirituality Programsen_US
dc.url.link1http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/daily.htmlen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorMiller, Marianaen_US
dc.date.daynameSundayen_US
dc.date.seasonOrdinary Timeen_US
dc.date.weekWeek: 31en_US
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dc.subject.local1Deuteronomy 6:2-6en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 18:2-3a, 3b-4, 47, 51en_US
dc.subject.local3Hebrews 7:23-28en_US
dc.subject.local4Mark 12:28b-34en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US
dc.date.cycleYear Ben_US


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