Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time: “The Word of the Lord, which was proclaimed just a moment ago in the Gospel Reading, reminds us that the whole of the Divine Law can be summed up in love. The Evangelist Matthew recounts that the Pharisees, after Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, met to put him to the test (cf. 22:34-35). One of these interlocutors, a doctor of law, asked him: ‘Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?’ (v. 36). Jesus answered the deliberately tricky question, saying quite simply: ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment’ (vv. 37-38). In fact, the main requirement for each one of us is that God be present in our lives. He should, as the Scripture says, penetrate all levels of our being and fill them completely. The heart should know him and let itself be touched by him, and thus also the soul, the energies of our will and determination, as well as intelligence and thought. One could say, as St Paul did, ‘It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me’ (Galatians 2:20).
Jesus immediately adds something that the doctor of law did not actually ask: ‘And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself’ (Matthew 22:39). By declaring that the second commandment is similar to the first, Jesus implies that loving your neighbor is as important as loving God. In fact, a visible sign that the Christian can show the world in order to witness to God’s love is love for our brothers and sisters.” (Homily of Pope Benedict XVI, October 23, 2011)
Almighty ever-living God, increase our faith, hope and charity, and make us love what you command, so that we may merit what you promise. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. #catholic #instacatholic #gospelfortoday