Thursday, August 20, 2015

Greatest Commandments

Friday of the Twentieth week in Ordinary Time

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 22:34-40. 

When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, 
and one of them, a scholar of the law, tested him by asking, 
“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”
He said to him, "You shall love the Lord, your 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: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments."


Jesus in this gospel told us the greatest commandments. Probably, we will ask why these two commandments are the greatest? What particular commandment did Jesus referring to? In the last line of this gospel Jesus said "The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments". Jesus is referring not only the ten commandments but also to the commandments made by prophets. It is clear from the two commandments that if we will follow them all, all of the laws will also be followed. For example, if we will love our neighbour as ourselves, we will follow also other commandments because we will no longer hurt our neighbours. If we love our neighbours, then we will not steal, we will not kill our neighbour, we will not covet their wives, and so on. There was a question raised from one of the talks that I engaged. The question is who are our neighbours? Our neighbours are all the people near to us even strangers; be it physically, imaginatively, or digitally. If we will love God, with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our mind, then everything else will follow. In order to be a good followers of Jesus, we must always bear in our mind the greatest commandments and follow them.

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