What do you think about when the alarm goes off?

I was convicted when I heard a homily yesterday on this passage:

One of the scribes, when he came forward and heard them disputing and saw how well he had answered them, asked him, “Which is the first of all the commandments?”

Jesus replied, “The first is this: ‘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.’

The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Mark 12:28-31

The greatest commandment is to love God with my entire being.

Is that my goal upon waking, or do I have my To Do list streaming through my head before my feet hit the floor?

When I pray, do I ask God to help me to love him first and to love my neighbor, or do I jump right into my To Do list for God?  “Protect my family, give me strength, help so and so who is ill, etc.”

Without taking even a few seconds to remember what God commands me to do, his greatest commandments, what hope do I have of following him today?

There is no way I can do it on my own.

Lord, grant me the grace to always keep you first in my heart, soul, mind and strength.

I must put that petition at the top of my To Do list.

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