Saturday 28 February 2015

Thursday of Week 9 Year 1

As Christians, we sometimes miss the point of what the commandments of God really mean. Some of us say that we love God "with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength." But some of us seem to forget that there is more to God's commandments than just loving God. Loving God appears to be the easy part, but is that it? No. There is a second part and that is to "love your neighbour as yourself." Are we aware of this and if so, are we really, truly and consistently loving God and neighbour?

In today's Gospel, the scribe was quite impressed with Jesus' reply and said: "'Well spoken, Master; what you have said is true: that he is one and there is no other. To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and strength, and to love your neighbour as yourself, this is far more important than any holocaust or sacrifice." That is what the commandments are all about: loving God and loving neighbour. We cannot pick and choose, as we are required to love both God and neighbour completely. If we say that we love God, and have arguments or problems with our neighbour, then we are actually not really loving, since loving God and neighbour cannot be separated. After all, we are reminded in Genesis 1:26-27 that we are made in the image of God. This does not mean that we are gods, but that we are godlike or connected to God. So, if we say we love God, then we must love others, since loving others means we are loving God too. See the connection? That is why it is not so easy to love, since love involves both God and neighbour. Are we really loving then? Or have we been loving only when it is easy, beneficial or convenient to us?

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