March 13, 2015 (MK 12:28-34)

Jesus gets asked “Which is the first of all the commandments?” He answers that there are really two that are one: love of God and love of neighbor. The Shema reminded all Jews that there was only one God “Hear O Israel, the Lord is God and He alone…” People don’t worship the many gods that the ancient peoples worshipped but they worship false gods just the same: money, material things, drugs, alcohol, sex, etc. Anything that replaces and changes our perspective of the true God can become a god for us. We lose our focus. Perhaps, this Lent we should check to see if these “other gods” have obscured our vision and focus on the true God and what he wants us to be.

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