Practice What You Pray

 
Thursday in the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time, based on Mark 12:28-34

One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that Jesus answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Then the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that ‘he is one, and besides him there is no other’; and ‘to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength,’ and ‘to love one’s neighbor as oneself,’—this is much more important than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” After that no one dared to ask him any question.


Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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About Deborah Wilhelm

Dr. Deborah Wilhelm is the author, with Bishop Sylvester Ryan, of Preaching Matters: A Praxis for Preachers (Paul Bechtold Theological Library). An active preacher, teacher, writer, retreat leader, and Camaldolese Benedictine Oblate, she holds a D.Min. in preaching from the Aquinas Institute of Theology. She has taught theology, presiding, and preaching for the Loyola Institute for Ministry; preaching for the Aquinas Institute of Theology, for Santa Clara University, and for the Diocese of Monterey (California); and writing at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She is also the pastoral associate at St. Paul Catholic Church in Eugene, Oregon.

6 thoughts on “Practice What You Pray

  1. Thank you, Elaine and Marilyn–I miss you, too, and the Nativity community, so I’m grateful that you popped in here to listen. Please give my best to everyone there.
    Love,
    Deborah

  2. It’s so wonderful to be able to hear your preaching again ! I feel as though you’re back here with us at Nativity . What powerful words to ponder today !
    Thank you Deb !
    With love and gratitude
    Marilyn

  3. Thank you Deborah for this beautiful message and reminder of what we should do to put our prayer into practice. I sure miss you here in California! Peace and love, Elaine

  4. Thanks, Bette–I’m new to The Word and am looking forward to preaching here again!

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