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04 June 2020 Catholic Mass Daily Bible Reading

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USCCB. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 12,28-34. One of the scribes came to Jesus and asked him, "Which is the first of all the commandments?" Jesus replied, "The first is this: …More
USCCB. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 12,28-34.

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.


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Venerable Madeleine Delbrêl (1904-1964)
missionary to the down-and-outs
Fulfilling even on this earth the love for which God has created us (The joy of believing, ©1968 rev.)


The two love commandments
It is God we love; love of God is the first commandment; but the second is like it, namely, that it is only through others that we can return love for love to God.
The danger is when the second commandment becomes the first. However we have a means of control which is to love each person, to love Christ, to love God in each person without preference or distinction or exception.
The second danger is that we cannot do it and will not do it if we separate charity from faith and hope.
It is prayer that gives us faith and hope. Without prayer we won't be able to love. (…)
Faith and hope infused by prayer are what will clear the path of our love from its most cluttering obstacle: self-love.
The third danger is to love, not "as Jesus has loved us" but in a human fashion. And perhaps this is the greatest danger of all. (…)
It is not our own love we are to give; it is God's love. The love of God, a divine person, the gift of God to us, but which remains a gift, which has to pass through us, so to speak, to pierce us in order go elsewhere, to enter others.
Irapuato
Second Letter to Timothy 2,8-15.
Beloved: Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, a descendant of David: such is my gospel,
for which I am suffering, even to the point of chains, like a criminal. But the word of God is not chained.
Therefore, I bear with everything for the sake of those who are chosen, so that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, together with eternal …More
Second Letter to Timothy 2,8-15.
Beloved: Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, a descendant of David: such is my gospel,
for which I am suffering, even to the point of chains, like a criminal. But the word of God is not chained.
Therefore, I bear with everything for the sake of those who are chosen, so that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, together with eternal glory.
This saying is trustworthy: If we have died with him we shall also live with him;
if we persevere we shall also reign with him. But if we deny him he will deny us.
If we are unfaithful he remains faithful, for he cannot deny himself.
Remind people of these things and charge them before God to stop disputing about words. This serves no useful purpose since it harms those who listen.
Be eager to present yourself as acceptable to God, a workman who causes no disgrace, imparting the word of truth without deviation.

Psalms 25(24),4bc-5ab.8-9.10.14.
Your ways, O LORD, make known to me;
teach me your paths,
guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my savior.

Good and upright is the LORD;
thus he shows sinners the way.
He guides the humble to justice,
he teaches the humble his way.

All the paths of the LORD are kindness and constancy
toward those who keep his covenant and his decrees.
The friendship of the LORD is with those who fear him,
and his covenant, for their instruction.