Love God, Love Neighbor

Sounds easy right? And simple. Maybe too simple to be the Greatest Commandment given by God. The people of the time were expecting Jesus to answer about one of the Ten Commandments, but again, Jesus teaches anew! So, what about the Ten Commandments that God gave to Moses? Are they no longer important? They are not only important but a blueprint for life as they provide humanity with the ultimate lesson about our relationship with God (the first three) and with others (the last seven). These commandments have guided God’s people for millennia and they continue to guide us today. Although we may not be able to recite them verbatim, most people have a good sense of what they are and what is expected in applying them to our lives. But Jesus, in a sense, trumps those commandments naming the greatest of all commandments: Love God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment, the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments. Matthew 22.40 What did he mean, the whole law and the prophets depend on these? Jesus was speaking to the Jewish leaders of the day who were questioning him, trying in a sense, to “trip him up”. The Jews lived by the Law written in the Torah and they knew the Prophets well. In fact, their religious beliefs were grounded by the Law and the Prophets. Loving God with all your being was part of the prayer that the Jews recited multiple times each day. Jesus was reminding them that love is the most important commandment of all! And remember St. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians? If I speak in human and angelic tongues but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or clashing cymbal. And if I have the gift of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away everything I own, and if I hand my body over so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. 1 Corinthians 13.1-3 The Word of God teaches that love is essential to a life with Christ. We are nothing, our actions are nothing, our words just noise if we do not love God with our whole being and our neighbor as ourselves. This is anything but simple, rather, it is extremely challenging and something that we must pay attention to every moment of our lives. We, as Christians, must continually ask ourselves; how am I loving God and others this day? It must become our mantra, reminding us that without love, we accomplish nothing. Be with us Lord as we live in love with you and all your people. Amen. Have a wonderful week, Deb Rudolph

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