Some things just get in there – deep inside. They stay dormant and occasionally wake up to jolt you with a memory or feeling. That happened to me today. Flash back to my early childhood, and I’m upstairs in my bedroom and ready for bed. My Mom is there and we’re saying bedtime prayers. I’m repeating a prayer after her, “O Lord my God, I love you with all me heart, and with all my soul, and with all my might.”
Today our (Catholic) Gospel reading came from Mark 12, where Jesus repeats an Old Testament teaching from Deuteronomy:
“…You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. ” – Mark 12:29
In Deuteronomy 6:4-7, the entire text reads like this:
“Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord, and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. 6 And these words which I command you this day shall be upon your heart; 7 and you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” -Ignatius Study Bible
I called my parents to ask them exactly how they said that prayer. Funny, they couldn’t remember. I guess what is necessary and important to remember passes and changes with time. Lucky for me, when I was young they took to heart the command of the Lord, and impressed these words on this heart. Do you think you’ve missed an opportunity? It’s never too late to impress these words upon someone’s heart.
In hope, Peggy
Daily Readings for today: Hosea 14:2-10, Ps 81, Mt 4:17 and Mk 12:28-34.