Loving God Perfectly

Today's readings of the Shema Israel from Deuteronomy and the Gospel of Mark reminded me of a short, piercing, pregnant poem from Mary Oliver's latest book, Thirst, which includes many pieces reflecting on the death of her partner:

What I Said at Her Service

When we pray to love God perfectly,
surely we do not mean only.

(Lord, see how well I have done.)


Nathan said...

This poem also captures the craft of juxtaposition that came with the Gospel reading on the greatest commandment, wherein Jesus connects the love of God directly to the love of neighbor, assuring us that these two commandments do not exclude each other, and in fact need each other.

Thanks for posting it.

My remarks on the Mass

humble servant said...

Thanks for sharing such a perfectly crafted prayer.