You command us to love, Lord.
Is love, then, more than a feeling?
Today people change partners
like putting on new clothes.
But if love can be commanded,
then it is more than a feeling.
It’s a commitment.
Lord, when you talk about heart, soul,
mind, and strength, you must mean
more than feelings.
Our society is falling apart,
and children are not protected.
Lord, wake us up
to the responsibility of your kind of love.

Mark 12:29-31:
Jesus answered, “The first is ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and 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.”

Hymn: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling


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