March 24, 2017 Friday of the 3rd Week of Lent-A

Hosea 14:2-10

Psalm 81

Mark 12:28-34

I will love them freely; Hosea 14:5

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart…”  Mark 12:30

Lord, in a way it’s a little sad that you have to command us to love you.  I get it that love is the underlying foundation of all the commandments.  I also understand that good relationships with you are others are necessary for peace and happiness.  You first loved us.  Freely and fully you created us and put all creation in our hands.  When we sinned and moved away for the path of love you came among us and bled out every drop of your blood for us—for me.  Lord, I do love you.  But to be honest my heart can be divided when I choose to love what can damage my relationship with you and my brothers and sisters.  I truly want to empty myself of whatever turns my heart from giving all of me to you.  Jesus, move me to love more like you do today.  I freely choose to love you, Lord.  I won’t be needing a commandment, thank you.  Amen.