“Proclaim the Gospel to Every Creature”
(Mark 16: 15)
Let us remember God’s Teaching, contained in His Word and in doing so,
The Great Commandment
Ordinary 30 Year A St. Matthew 22: 34 to 40
1. Many would agree, that it is easy to read these seven verses and simply say, “Lovely” and leave it at that; meaning, “Well, what more is there to say?” In modern Western society, Christianity has shrunk to a fraction of its former size, and appears to on-lookers as “wound-down”. A first step in reversing this tragic situation would be to revive our love of studying and meditating on the Scriptures — especially the Gospels. We may then discover the radical restoration Jesus Messiah was always aiming at. By involving ourselves in reflection on the teaching of Jesus, and putting it into practice we become part of His on-going building of the Kingdom of God. This week’s Gospel reading, in particular, requires a little extra study but it will be well worthwhile.
2. Love of God and fellow human beings is not about feelings so much as about action: doing. But doing what? Jesus elsewhere teaches that His disciples — no matter where they are, or what their situation — all should be asking:
And to acknowledge the image and likeness of God in all people, and treat them accordingly.
3. St. Paul wrote (in Romans 13: 10):
“Love is the fulfilment of the Law.”
So let’s not hide behind clichés, or part truths. Love in this sense means observance! We are called to obey God and all that He has commanded. Yes, that involves faith, as it does grace, good deeds, confession of sin to God, and so on. Jesus highlighted for us the kernel of His Teaching, His Torah. We encourage you to say it prayerfully from time to time.
Foundation of the Teaching of Jesus
The first Commandment is:
“ ‘Hear, O Israel! The LORD our God, is LORD alone!
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your
(Deuteronomy 6: 4.) (Leviticus 19: 18.) (Matthew 22: 39 — 41) (Mark 12: 29 — 31)
Let us pray for one another that we will take steps to keep the Great Commandment