Posted: 20 Mar 2009 12:00 AM PDT
Hos 14:2-10 / Mk 12:28-34
So much of our lives we run on ‘radar,’ the daily routines of getting up and going off to wherever we go off to, the routines in the household, at the office, in the supermarket, on the freeway. Our ‘radar’ works very well and keeps us moving at a remarkable and efficient pace.
But ‘radar’ makes itself felt at other levels as well, in our relationships, in our patterns of thinking, even in our choices of political candidates.
We pretend to think and pretend to reason, and then we make our blind leap and defend our ‘decisions’ and ‘choices’ to the death.
For too much of life, we just go through the motions, with all the action on the outside and nothing on the inside, which is where the choices are supposed to come from.
Jesus is challenging us to do more than just go through the motions, and instead to live from the inside out. To live wholeheartedly from the inside is Jesus’ formula for success and for joy: Love the Lord with your whole heart, soul and mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.
As a way of life, there’s no doubt that it costs the most, but it always pays off. And that makes it life’s best bargain!