As a mom of three boys, two of which are toddlers, my day usually starts when one of them cries for milk. I then remember a task that was supposed to be done yesterday and then one task after another comes along until my day becomes a flurry of activities.
My first thought after reading the passage below was, “I have no problem with this reading. I am not practicing witchcraft or worshipping idols or any of the sort.” Something however, disturbed me: “Do I really love God with all my heart, with all my mind and with all my strength?” The honest answer was NO.
I do not love Him with all my heart, for many times my heart is filled with resentment when things do not go the way I wanted: “I just spent an hour tidying up the house, and five minutes later, it’s messier than before! When will the messes end?!”
I do not love Him with all my mind, for many times my mind is filled with fear and anxieties: “My two-year-old bumped his head and my youngest almost ate something that should not be eaten. I am a bad mother. I am failing at the only job I was tasked to do.”
I do not love Him with all my strength, for many times He is last in my priorities: “I’ll just pray later when the kids are sleeping and everything else has been done.”
I realize that to love God with all my heart, with my mind and with all my strength, I have to be less like Martha and more like my namesake, Mary. She gave her heart to Him and filled it with love. She said “Yes” even if her mind could not comprehend what was happening at the moment. She made Him her number one priority and let her life revolve around Him.
“Lord, help me to love You with all my heart, with all my mind and with all my strength. Help me to surrender my resentments, fill my mind with Your peace and remind me to always make You my number one priority. You deserve nothing less than my everything, my gracious God.”
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. — Mk 12:28B-34