Jesus cites two passages of the Old Testament to teach what are the Great Commandments of loving God and Neighbor. As we put this love into practice, we will be drawn into an ever-increasing dynamic of communion, forgiveness and service.
The Scripture readings reveal how often our lives are disrupted by evil from the inside and the outside of our hearts. How do we proceed? How do we find our way? The Lord teaches that the disciple’s path is marked with service, putting the needs of others ahead of one’s own.
Luke’s Gospel reveals how Jesus called the Twelve Apostles by name to participate in his earthly ministry. The Lord continues to call forth new disciples who will offer their lives for service in the world. Are we ready?
Having been chosen by Christ, the Twelve are now commissioned to do specific ministry in the name of Jesus. May we take to heart their example and actively seek our opportunities to serve the Lord today.