Friday of the Third Week of Lent
Hosea 14: 2-10
Mark 12:28 – 34
No school today!
Prayer over Gifts the word “salutary” is used. This is hard to say!
In all the things we have accomplished in our lives what was our greatest accomplishment? In second grade Sr. Maria Hosea gave me two big shiny red apples at the end of the school day to reward me for working so hard. I was not a very good student; things came hard for me. As a little boy, this remains one of my finest hours.
Last night I was at St. Roberts for a penance service and the window that was right above me that is all I had to look at had the words, “They came to me.” I kept reading that and thinking, “Yes, this is our greatest accomplishment because we have come back to God.
Our readings challenge us, to know that this time with Christ in this Eucharist is our greatest hour.
If you are ever feeling down, not sure of yourself, feel like a loser, then you need to read the book of Hosea. It is God’s greatest hour of mercy showered on people who have turned their backs on God, but God never gives up. God’s tells the people he wants them like a lily to grow beautiful and strong and he will be like a tall cedar to give them shade in the hot sun. Mercy and forgiveness is God’s greatest gift.
In our Gospel, Jesus asks, “What is the greatest of all the commandments?” Jesus responds, “To love the Lord our God alone. You shall love the Lord with your whole heart, your whole soul, with your whole mind, and with all your strength. The second is just as important: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus says, “When you do these things you are close to the Kingdom of God.”
Our greatest hour is right now because this time together in this Eucharist is where we are given hope, courage, peace and whatever else we need to go about our day in Christ.May we never take this time for granted because it is our greatest hour.