Sunday, February 21st, 2021
Happy 1st Sunday of Lent—
Today, I am reminded of a conversation between Jesus and Peter, found in John chapter 21, verses 15-19, in which Jesus asks Peter the same question three times, “do you love me?” I’m sure there was a hint of frustration coming from Peter because each time he responded by say, ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.’ What is interesting to me in this exchange is Jesus’ response to Peter is different each time he answers:
• Feed my lambs. (John 21:15)
• Tend my sheep. (John 21:16)
• Feed my sheep. (John 21:17
• Follow Me. (John 21:18)
The Bible is very clear when it comes to how we are to love God and I found a few verses in the Bible telling us the clear answer.
(1). You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. Deuteronomy 6:5
(2). You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. —Matthew 22:37
(3). Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. —Mark 12:30
(4). You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind. —Luke 10:27
Jesus, was devoted and obedient to God, constantly longing and living in his presence. What a beautiful example given to us by Jesus. When our focused desire is to love God constantly and consistently, loving others is the natural progression. It no longer seems like a competition dividing our love between God and towards others. Love is a never-ending source of spiritual nourishment, we receive and then we pass it onto others.
As we continue our Lenten journey together, let us be ever so mindful to love God will everything we are and to follow Jesus; in doing so Jesus will “Show Me/Us The Way.”
Lenten M•I•C•R•O Practice for today:
~Simplify Sunday 1
Read one chapter in the Bible today.
The prayer below was written by Charles de Foucauld and it is powerful. His life story is extraordinary if you’re interested in reading further about him I have included a link below to click on.
~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.
Show Me The Way — Henri J.M.Nouwen • 1992 The Crossroad Publishing
(NJBV) New Jerusalem Bible Version/Translation