Monday, March 11, 2019

Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. You shall love the Lord God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. Deuteronomy 6: 4,5

These verses, known as the Shema, are probably the most often quoted verses in the Bible. Each morning and evening, orthodox Jews recite the six verses of the Shema.

As Christians, we reflect on how Jesus answered when asked, “Which commandment is the first of all?” (Mark 12: 29, 20). Jesus quoted these verses rather than the first of the Ten Commandments.

We indeed need to apply this commandment to our daily lives. Just think about the words, “with all your heart, with all your soul, and all your might.” As we start our day, God needs to be in our hearts and souls, and with all our might we must keep him there.

There are days when the fast pace of everyday life overwhelms us and we forget that Jesus is there to help us; we need to remember he is with us in our hearts and souls because we practice the greatest commandment.

Prayer: Dear Lord, help me keep loving you, with all my heart, soul, and with all my might. Amen.

Don Forcino

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