The Lord Our God is Lord Alone

11-04-2018Catholic ThoughtsDavid Lins

In Mark 28, a scribe after my own heart decides it is time to figure out priorities. He asked Jesus, “"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.”

I wish he would’ve had some follow up questions for the sake of clarification. “Should I love him more than my 401k?” “Should I love him more than my favorite football team?” “Should I love him more than my political party?” “Should I love him more than my cell phone? “Should I love him more than my own family?”

I’m guessing those questions weren’t needed since Jesus replied, “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 implications aren’t quite as simple as you might think. (Here comes the tough medicine, but we only give tough medicine to those we love.) We are called to seek out how we can best use our money for the Lord. We are called to arrange our football viewership around Mass instead of arranging our Mass attendance around the football schedule.

When we are asked what we are, the word Catholic better come out of our mouths before Democrat or Republican. We need to be looking at our Bibles more than our cell phones. Finally, we must place our pursuit of pleasing the Lord above our pursuit of pleasing our family (as, in the end, this will bring about a more profound blessing to their lives)!

Questions? Comments? Email David at dlins@oloj.org

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