Friday of Week 5 – 1 Kings 11:29-32,12:19; Mark 7:31-37

Open our hearts, Lord, to accept the words of your Son (cf. Acts 16:14b)

These are the words we acclaim today during Holy Mass before the Gospel. When Jesus was once asked which commandment was the most important, he replied: “The first is: Listen, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.”

So, the first thing is “listening to God.” The basis of faith is the truth that:
– God speaks, man listens;
– God gives, man receives;
– God acts, man submits to this action;
– God loves, man allows himself to be loved.

Never the other way around!