Which commandment in the law is the greatest? 

October 25, 2020 3:00 am

“‘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: 36-40) 

We have similar questions, but on a more daily basis: what should I do right now? How can I use my “free time” more effectively? Do I have time for my prayer, or do I have time for my readings? All of these are simple questions of my hidden priorities—who is the first and the most important in our lives? And the only answer for all of these questions is very simply—will it bring me closer to unconditional love? Will it help me to love God “with all my heart, soul, and mind”? And will it help me to love my spouse and our children “with all my heart, soul and mind”? There is nothing more important than to grow in love. God is love and whatever we do to be closer to Him, to imitate Him, brings Him directly to our hearts. 

“Whoever loves me will keep my word, says the Lord, and my Father will love him and we will come to him.” (Gospel Acclamation) 

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