‘Which is the first of all the commandments?’ – Mark 12:29
We often think of things in terms of their economic value, in terms of how expensive or cheap they may be. For many of us “expensive” means that it is of superior quality and “cheap” means that it is of inferior quality. In today’s Gospel reading, a lawyer comes to enquire about the cost of heaven from Jesus: “Which is the first commandment?” To the lawyer’s mind the first commandment should be the one that everyone should keep in other to enter heaven. He soon finds out that all the commandments are basically commentaries on the fundamental command to love: “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart…You must love your neighbour as yourself”. This will never change. Heaven is for lovers and not haters. Heaven is for forgivers not malice-mongers. Heaven is for those who are willing to listen to Christ and repent of their sinful lifestyle, “Hear O Israel, hear O people of God, his Church!” Heaven begins on earth when you invite God into a loving heart (see John 14:23).
Is heaven too costly or too cheat or if it is affordable? If you desire heaven, no price is too great. If you do not desire heaven, no price will be affordable. There is nothing that you give up to follow God that is a loss. Heaven is the fulfilment of all our hopes and desires, and the consolation for all our pains and frustrations. Heaven is our home and love is the road map that leads us there. This month too we are encouraged to pray for our loved ones and friends who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith, so that through the mercy of God, they may be in heaven forever. To pray for the faithful departed is a sign of our love for God just as the saints in heaven intercede for us with Him.
I love you Lord with all my heart, soul, mind and strength and for your sake I love my neighbour as myself. Help me to grow deeper in love with You.
Deuteronomy 6:2-6; Psalm 18:2-4,47,51; Hebrew 7:23-28; Mark 12:28-34
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