Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them: You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.
You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely; and you shall not lie to one another. And you shall not swear falsely by my name, profaning the name of your God: I am the Lord.
You shall not defraud your neighbour; you shall not steal; and you shall not keep for yourself the wages of a labourer until morning. You shall not revile the deaf or put a stumbling-block before the blind; you shall fear your God: I am the Lord.
You shall not render an unjust judgement; you shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great: with justice you shall judge your neighbour. You shall not go around as a slanderer among your people, and you shall not profit by the blood of your neighbour: I am the Lord.
You shall not hate in your heart anyone of your kin; you shall reprove your neighbour, or you will incur guilt yourself. You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbour as yourself: I am the Lord.
Today is Monday the 11 March, in the First Week of Lent.
The St Thomas Music Group sing Mysterium Amoris by Margaret Rizza, from a text by John Main: The meaning of life is the mystery of Love. Just as the roots of trees hold firm in the soil, so it is the roots of love that hold the ground of our being together.
Today’s reading is from the Book of Leviticus.
The heart of the law of Moses is the law of love.Love of God, love of neighbour, and, of course, a proper love of your own self.How radical must this law of love have been at the time of its composition?
Can you imagine Jesus hearing this reading from Leviticus and taking it to heart?Jesus becoming excited by the ‘law of love’, and how he would live by it.
Listen to it again as Jesus would have done. What part of this reading especially speaks to you?
We are each called to particular, creative ways of loving. What might this mean for you?As this time of prayer comes to a close, talk to the Lord about your life, and how you might be called to love more creatively.