June 7, 2018 Thursday of the 9th Week in Ordinary Time—B

2 Timothy 2:8-15

Psalm 25

Mark 12:28-34

…he teaches the humble his way.  Psalm 25:9

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart…soul…mind…and strength. Mk.12:29

Lord, we have a saying that you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink.  I think it means we can be taught a way of living but accepting it and making it our way is something else.  You explained to the scribe the fundamental law of God: love of Him with everything we’ve got and to love our neighbor and ourselves.  Sometimes I get that backwards and put love of myself first.  St. Paul didn’t do that for he suffered in prison for preaching the Gospel.  You didn’t do that for doing the will of the Father was your most important principle.  Lord, remove pride from my heart for it is an obstacle to loving you and my brothers and sisters.  Show me how to love you with an undivided heart.  Keep distractions away from me and help me to stack my priorities so that you are first in my life.  Entry into your kingdom is for those who follow your way and keep the most important thing-the most important thing.  Dear Jesus, keep me close to you and help me to love as you do.  Amen