The Great Commandment
In today’s Gospel, one of the Scribes question Jesus about the Great Commandment, and Jesus, quoting Scripture from the Book of Deuteronomy, states that one must love God with all one’s heart, soul, mind and strength and love one’s neighbors as one’s self. The Scribe, who is pleased with Jesus’ response, adds that fulfilling these commandments are “worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” Jesus then praises the scribe for understanding the law and declares that he is “not far from the Kingdom of God.”
To fulfill the Great Commandment, we must pursue the will of God, love our neighbors, and follow all His commandments. How well do you live out the Great Commandment in your own life? Do you love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength? Do you love your brothers and sisters who are also made in the image and likeness of God?
According to St. Clare of Assisi, “We become what we love and who we love shapes what we become. If we love things, we become a thing. If we love nothing, we become nothing. Imitation is not a literal mimicking of Christ, rather it means becoming the image of the beloved, an image disclosed through transformation. This means we are to become vessels of God´s compassionate love for others.” In other words, when we truly love our neighbor, we begin to experience a transformation within our own hearts and become more Christ-like.
Today’s Tip: Spend some quiet time with our Lord in Adoration and ask Him to unify our Hearts to His Most Sacred Heart so that we may truly live out the Great Commandment in our own lives.