October 29, 2017
(30th Sunday Ordinary Time, A)
A scholar of the law (a Jewish Lawyer) tested Jesus 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.” Mt_22:34-40
If a pro-bowler were to ask me what the most important thing about bowling is, I might be intimidated with giving him an answer. But I’d give it my best shot, knowing that it would probably be wrong from his viewpoint.
If a medical doctor or professional nutritionist asked me what the best food is to keep my body in the best possible condition it could possibly be in, I’d give him a wild guess because I am by no means an expert in nutrition or medicine.
So when a Jewish lawyer asked Jesus, a common, “non-degreed” peasant, carpenter, about the most intricate detail of the Jewish law, he might have expected some wild and crazy answer. Instead, Jesus gave him the irrefutable, absolute best answer possible, and then even trumped that with a caveat and a legal summary.
If we, beloved, can truly come to an understanding of this statement – ‘Love God and love neighbor, with everything we’ve got,’ then we will have come to the truest understanding of life! Want eternity? Love! Want happiness? Love! Want eternal joy, peace, communion, God? Love!
As the Beatles would profess in song,
“Love is all we need!”
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