Morning Prayer: 04 March – Mark 12:28-34 ~ love God, love people

Friday of the Third Week of Lent

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening Sentence

Seek the Lord while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near.
(Isaiah 55:6)

Morning Reading: Mark 12:28-34 (NLT)

One of the teachers of religious law was standing there listening to the debate. He realized that Jesus had answered well, so he asked, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”

The Good Samaritan Théodule-Augustin Ribot, before 1870  Musée des Beaux-Arts de Pau Pau, Aquitaine, France

The Good Samaritan
Théodule-Augustin Ribot, before 1870
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Pau
Pau, Aquitaine, France

Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.”

The teacher of religious law replied, “Well said, Teacher. You have spoken the truth by saying that there is only one God and no other. And I know it is important to love him with all my heart and all my understanding and all my strength, and to love my neighbor as myself. This is more important than to offer all of the burnt offerings and sacrifices required in the law.”

Realizing how much the man understood, Jesus said to him, “You are not far from the Kingdom of God.” And after that, no one dared to ask him any more questions.

Morning Prayer

Thank you Lord Jesus: you died on the cross that I might live. Revive my life in you today.

+ You have taught me by your life and renewed me by your passion; do not allow me to grow used to sin.
+ You call on me to care for the poor and hungry; may I deny myself today to help my brothers and sisters in their need.
+ I accept from your hands this day of Lent; may I dedicate it to you by acts of love.
+ End the rebellion within my heart; make me generous and willing to share.

Lord God, open my heart to your grace. Restrain me from all human waywardness and keep me faithful to your commandments. May I love you with all my heart, mind, soul, and strength; and may I love my neighbor as myself. Through my Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

“Lord Reign In Me” – Brenton Brown

There are many people | Who will say they’re Christians | And they live like Christians on the Sabbath day | But come Monday morning, til the coming Sunday | They will fight their neighbor all along the way

Oh you don’t love God, if you don’t love your neighbor | If you gossip about him, if you never have mercy | If he gets into trouble, and you don’t try to help him | Then you don’t love your neighbor, and you don’t love God

In the Holy Bible, in the Book of Matthew | Read the 18th chapter in the 21st verse | Jesus plainly tells us that we must have mercy | There’s a special warning in the 35th verse

There’s a God almighty, and you’ve got to love him | If you want salvation and a home on high | If you say you love him while you hate your neighbor | Then you don’t have religion, you just told a lie

Closing Sentence

Let the wicked change their ways and banish the very thought of doing wrong. Let them turn to the Lord that he may have mercy on them. Yes, turn to our God, for he will forgive generously. (Isaiah 55:7)

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

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