THE WHOLE LAW AND THE PROPHETS DEPEND ON THESE TWO COMMANDMENTS.” MT 22:34-40
Humbly submit your will to God (Thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary and Joseph.
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.” MT 22:34-40
The Truth takes a large amount of information to teach, dialogue and defend. Catholics have been seeking the Truth about life’s hardest questions and the meaning of life since the time of the Apostles. We have a very long catechism. We have a lot of information to learn in our doctrine, our creed, our prayers, morality, interpreting the Scriptures, the meaning of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, sacraments, and evangelization.
Today, Jesus reminds us to keep two things on our minds and heart constantly and the rest will come later. “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.” Jesus is quoting the first commandment from Deuteronomy in which it is also said to keep these words forever on our lips, post them on the door post, teach them to our children and never allow them to die.
Jesus gives us the second commandment in the New Testament. We must look into our hearts and befriend Jesus Christ and God the Father. We come to know ourselves by coming to know Jesus and our Creator and then loving who God made us to be. We are made in His image and likeness. We must have a positive image of our self. Then, we can love God who created us, Jesus, our Savior, and our neighbor.
Last, love is at the heart of the message. If we are to bring anyone including ourselves to Christ, we must “love one another as I have loved you” and “there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends”. Learn to love by learning how much God loves. Learn to love by serving. Love likes to suffer. Love is bigger than any suffering, death, pain, tragedy, evil, sin, or pandemic. God’s love is the most powerful thing in the world.
Don’t hold onto it, it is meant to be given away. Since we are made in the image and likeness of God, it is the fiber of our being, because God is love straight through. Love must be at the center of our relationships for them to endure frail fallen human natures, a devil who wants to destroy all souls and marriages, and a world full of chaos. Hope and choose to love, it will endure all trials and tribulations. The reward, perfect love, no fear, peace, and joy here and in eternal life.
Today’s challenge: Start praying and worshiping God throughout the day, this will decrease stress and anxiety (sit in silence and meditate on Scripture, go to adoration, say a rosary, read the Liturgy of the Hours, do a guided meditation, pray with others, read a spiritual book, start a novena, just talk to Jesus like you are talking to your best friend, go to Mass, serve the poor, help someone). See Him in everyone you come in contact with and everything in nature around you. Start loving who God created you to be and in return love Him back and others, they go hand in hand.
Be a servant, become a saint!
Please pray for me and my family!