Sunday’s Gospel (Matthew 22:34-40):
‘When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees they got together and, to disconcert him, one of them put a question, ‘Master, which is the greatest commandment of the Law?’ Jesus said, ‘You must 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 resembles it: You must love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments hang the whole Law, and the Prophets also.’’
This Gospel passage is so fundamental as to how we should live our lives as Christians that it is easy to become complacent and take it for granted.
So, in order to try and better absorb it, we are going to try something a little different this week and undertake a very simple little exercise. Below, is the second part of the Gospel passage with some minor adjustments. Try to take a little time out to read it out loud, stating your name at the appropriate points. Imagine Jesus is telling the Pharisees about you and how you keep these crucially important commandments. Jesus is using you as an example to the Pharisees! Can you live up to this? Of course you can! Jesus wouldn’t ask you to keep these commandments if he didn’t think you could do it!
Please….take a little time to yourself and read out this beautiful passage where Jesus shows off your talents and uses you as an example to all:
‘Jesus said, ‘<Your Name> loves the Lord his/her God with all his/her heart, with all his/her soul, and with all his/her mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second resembles it: <Your Name> loves his/her neighbour as himself/herself. On these two commandments hang the whole Law, and the Prophets also.’’