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2 Timothy 2:8-15
Psalm 25
Mark 12:28-34

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"stop, in the name of love"

"You shall love the Lord your God with all..." —Mark 12:30

Think about your relationship with the person you love the most. It's one thing to say: "I love you." It's quite another thing to put everything aside and demonstrate your love for them by devoting your full attention to them for a long period of time.

Married couples are often so busy that they are relegated to sharing a quick "I love you" as they pass each other in the garage. Occasionally, one of the spouses may say: "Time out! Stop! Enough is enough. We're canceling soccer and spending the night together for once."

Does this busy-ness describe your relationship with God? Jesus tells us in today's Gospel that nothing is more important than loving God with your all (Mk 12:30). It's less important to spend five minutes reading this teaching than it is to spend those five minutes loving God. So, stop right now and start loving God with your all.

Prayer:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, I love You totally. I love You to the end of my days. I love You with all my life.

Promise:  "If we have died with Him we shall also live with Him; if we hold out to the end we shall also reign with Him." —2 Tm 2:11-12

Praise:  When bogged down with work and responsibilities, Marcy begins to neglect her time with Jesus. Turning to the Sacrament of Reconciliation, she confesses her omission, receives grace, and feels renewed in her life with Christ.

Reference:  (This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, December 12, 2005

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