In the Sunday’s readings, we see a very clear focus on love. Unlike the love theme from the readings a few weeks ago, today’s focus is on our love of God and what that means. Both in the first reading and Gospel we are reminded to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength... so basically every part of us.
Have you ever said that you’ll do something but then make something else a higher priority? I know that I sometimes find myself in that situation. It’s not that what was asked of me is not important, but whether I admit it or not, whatever has replaced that original commitment has become the higher priority. So how does this relate to love of God?
I’m guessing that there isn’t a person reading this reflection who wouldn’t say that they love God. However, maybe you’re like me in sometimes prioritizing other things ahead of God. Maybe it’s a child’s activity that falls on a Sunday morning and you skip church because it’s not convenient. Maybe it’s daydreaming about a piece of cool technology when you should be focusing during the homily. I’m not proud, but I’ve done that because I do love my technology. Obviously I don’t love technology more than I love God, but if I do a self-examination, maybe at times I’m focusing too much on technology and not enough on God. What distracts you from God? Whatever it is, it’s probably not a bad thing, but maybe this is a good chance to reflect on where your priorities are and how they structure your schedule, your focus, and your life.