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You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. ~ Matthew 22:37
Fr Chito Dimaranan SDB speaks about the Face of God.
Admit it. You speak more of the face of your movie idol.
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And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ ~ Matthew 22:39
30th Sunday in OT (Matt 22:34-40) – October 29, 2017
PONDERING GOD’S WORD (Meditation)
The situation of today’s Gospel is ironic: that it is an expert of the Law who asks Jesus about the Law. The reason, however, for the question explains this: the lawyer asks Jesus to test him. This is another of the “trap episodes” in the Gospel of Matthew. The question can indeed be the question of many who find the number of commandments in the law overwhelming. Which commandment of the law is the greatest?
Jesus’ answer was a passage from Scripture that is most familiar with every pious Jew, and certainly a no-brainer for the lawyer. The passage “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind” is taken from Deut 6:5. This is the first and the greatest commandment; this is a sure and unimpeachable answer. But Jesus says more: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” This is from Lev 19:18. This is unique in Jesus: he juxtaposes these two commandments. Then he pronounces that all of Scripture depends on these two.
We usually know the level of a person’s moral development when we find reasons for why he or she follows the law. Some obey the law because they are afraid to be caught and punished or because they are expecting a reward, material or otherwise. Others obey the law because they know that it is right and noble thing to do. And indeed, some obey the law because of their love for God and neighbor. The Gospel passage affirms the last situation in that what should motivate our words and action is love.
- What motivates me in doing what is good and right? Is it love of God and neighbor?
- What are the concrete ways of loving God with all my heart, soul and mind? How do I love my neighbor as myself?
Thank the Lord for the capacity to love. Ask him to purify your intentions that what you do may always be because of love.