Prayer: Eternal and most Merciful God, have mercy upon us. Eternal and most Merciful God, have mercy upon us. Eternal and most Merciful God, grant us Your peace. Amen.
Read St. Matthew 22: 34 - 40
Then the Pharisees then approach Jesus with some more questions for a time of testing. Their question is: Which command in God’s law is the most important.
Can you almost hear the intake of breath as the Pharisees wait with baited breath for Jesus’ response?
And Jesus replies, “Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Then Jesus states that that is the first greatest commandment… the second greatest commandment is, “Love your neighbour as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments!
Wow! What a response. Jesus combines two commandments - one from
Deuteronomy 6:5 and one from Leviticus 19: 18.
Why did Jesus combine two commandments? Well, if we read the whole verse of Leviticus 19: 18 it reads: “Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbour as yourself. I am the LORD.” The Pharisees would know this scripture and would know that they are actually going against this very commandment. Humm.
Today, take these two commandments and go out and live them!
Prayer: Great God, help us to love You with our whole hearts and with our souls and with our minds. Help us to turn to our neighbour and see them from Your eyes. Help us to love our neighbours as ourselves. This we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.