Gospel: (Mk 12:28b-34)
One of the scribes came to Jesus and asked him, “Which is the first of all the commandments?”
Jesus replied, “The first is this: Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.”
The scribe said to him, “Well said, teacher. You are right in saying, ‘He is One and there is no other than he.’ And ‘to love him with all your heart, with all your understanding, with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself’ is worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
And when Jesus saw that he answered with understanding, he said to him,”You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And no one dared to ask him any more questions.
St. Faustina noted in her Diary (D.1270, 825, 1411)
I learned in the course of meditation that the purer the soul, the greater her communion with God on the spiritual level. She pays little heed to the senses and their protests. God is a Spirit, and so I love Him in spirit and in truth.
That the song of my soul may be pleasing to the Holy Trinity, do You, O Spirit of God, direct and form my soul Yourself.
O Divine Spirit, Spirit of peace and of joy, You invigorate my thirsting heart and pour into it the living fountain of God’s love, making it intrepid for battle.
- Jesus, who died for me and rose from the dead, wants to give me His Spirit all the time. Do I ask the Father in the name of Jesus for this greatest gift so that I can love the Lord, my God, with all my heart, with all my soul, with all my mind, with all my strength and my neighbor as myself?
- Together with St. Faustina, I will ask Spirit God to direct and form my soul!