Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

What are those which we hold important in our lives? What do we prioritize most in life?

Like the scribe in this Sunday's Gospel we also long to understand God's will for us.  We desire to know His commandments.  We must have come to a point when we realize that following the lures of the world always makes us end up being lost and dejected.  Christ teaches us that, only when our heart is open to His call and only when our soul is listening to His voice can God lead us to His perfect will.  

"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...You shall love your neighbor as yourself."

Christ unlocks our hearts and inscribes within us the central value of the Kingdom - LOVE.   Our lives begin with the infusion of God's Spirit of love and culminates with our communion with the ultimate sacrifice of Christ's love for all.  God and His Divine Love becomes the one true motive of our love.   

And it is our hope that we will hear from Christ the very same words He promised to the scribe, "you are not far from the kingdom of God"-- as we make God the only one true God in our lives; as we give Him our heart in worship, prayer and service; as we offer God our soul and mind when we submit to His Words, wisdom and guidance; as we unite our charitable works and sufferings to the infinite merits of our loving Savior; and as we bring God and His love to our brothers and sisters, to those who plead for justice, the marginalized, the forgotten and the oppressed.

And together we can indeed exclaim, "The LORD of LOVE lives! Extolled be God our Savior who gives great victories!"

God is Love, 

father Al