Thirty-First Sunday of Ordinary Time

Thirty-First Sunday of Ordinary Time

There is no commandment greater than these.

At the time of Jesus there was a great debate within Judaism about whether there was a single commandment from which all 613 commandments of Mosaic Law could be deduced. The scribe asks Jesus his opinion on the matter. The answer that Jesus gives to love God wholly and to love our neighbour as ourselves is well known to us. The question that perhaps the Lord asks of us this week is whether we, like the scribe, are not far from the kingdom of God.

As you begin these reflections each day spend a few moments repeating the phrase “Speak Lord, your servant it listening.” Then read the short passage from Sunday’s readings until you have memorised it. Read the questions and give yourself time to deeply consider your response. Once you have reflected for a few minutes, speak to the Lord, as you would to a friend, about what you have reflected upon.

 

Sunday.

Moses said to the people: ‘If you fear the Lord your God all the days of your life and if you keep all his laws and commandments which I lay on you, you will have a long life, you and your son and your grandson.  (Deuteronomy 6:2)

  • What does ‘fear the Lord’ mean to you?
  • What do you believe is the reward for keeping the law of God?
  • Do your children and grandchildren follow the law of God?
  • Let the Lord speak to you heart about his faithfulness.

 

Monday.

Listen then, Israel, keep and observe what will make you prosper and give you great increase, as the Lord God of your fathers has promised you, giving you a land where milk and honey flow. (Deuteronomy 6:3)

  • How has keeping the law helped you to prosper in life?
  • What are God’s promises to you?
  • What does a land of milk and honey mean to you?
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about his promises to you.

 

Tuesday.

I love you Lord, my strength, my rock, my fortress, my saviour. My God is the rock where I take refuge; my shield, my mighty help, my stronghold. (Psalm 17:2-3)

 

  • When has the Lord been your strength?
  • When has the Lord been your refuge?
  • When has the Lord been your mighty help?
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about his strength.

 

Wednesday.

But this one, Christ, because he remains forever, can never lose his priesthood. It follows then, that his power to save is utterly certain, since he is living for ever to intercede for all who come to God through him. (Hebrews 7:24-25)

  • How does it feel to know that Jesus is interceding for you?
  • Reflect that his power to save is ‘utterly certain’.
  • Who can come to God except through him?
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about his power.

 

Thursday.

Alleluia, alleluia! If anyone loves me he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we shall come to him. Alleluia! (John 14:23)

  • How do you keep his word?
  • When have you known the Father’s love?
  • When has the Lord come to you?
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about his love for you.

 

Friday

One of the scribes came up to Jesus and put a question to him, ‘Which is the first of all the commandments?’ Jesus replied, ‘This is the first: Listen, Israel, the Lord our God is the one Lord, and you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength.’  (Mark 12:28-30)

  • What question would you ask the Lord?
  • Do you love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength?
  • Why does the ‘oneness’ of the Lord matter?
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart his commandments.

 

Saturday

The second is this: You must love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these. (Mark 12:31)

  • Do you love yourself?
  • What neighbours do you struggle to love and why?
  • Reflect on treating others as you would like to be treated.
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about love.
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