View Today’s Readings: Thursday, Week Nine
Tobit 6:10-11; 7:1, 9-17; 8:4-9; Psalm 128; Mark 12:28-34
There is no other commandment greater than these.
The point of this story is, Tobiah and Sara overcame evil—or were delivered from it—because they loved God and loved each other authentically. That is Christianity—and all religion—in a nutshell. We can ask all sorts of questions, and get all sorts of answers, true and false, but the basic answer to everything is
Ministry calls for love. And love calls us to ministry. Loving God and others is actually the best love we can have for ourselves. Those who minister to others are ministering to themselves.
Pope Francis teaches this in The Joy of the Gospel:
10. Life grows by being given away, and it weakens in isolation and comfort. Indeed, those who enjoy life most are those who leave security on the shore and become excited by the mission of communicating life to others… For “here we discover a profound law of reality: that life is attained and matures in the measure that it is offered up in order to give life to others.”
88. True faith in the incarnate Son of God is inseparable from self-giving, from membership in the community, from service, from reconciliation with others. The Son of God, by becoming flesh, summoned us to a revolution of tenderness.
A revolution of tenderness. How would you like to see yourself as the minister of “a revolution of tenderness?” As Christians, that is what we are all called to be. That is what Jesus was. And is.
Meditation: Think about something that needs to be changed. Think about how you might do it by force or violence. Then think about how you might do it by love and tenderness. Which do you think that would work better—long term?