Speak Lord: Love of God and neighbour

Cathedral, Granada

The Gospel  reading tomorrow, the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time,  offers a potent summary of the Gospel by which God gives life to us and the world.

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.’

Matthew 22:34-40

  • Which comes more naturally to you? Love of God or love of neighbour? Which ever it is, why might that be? And what effect does it have on your life?
  • How does love of God manifest itself in your life? What encourages it? What makes it weaker? What form does it take?
  • How does love of neighbour manifest itself in your life? What encourages it? What makes it weaker? What form does it take?

The photograph of the interior of the Cathedral of Granada, Spain shows the beauty achieved  with the interplay of stone and light, geometry and artistry, light and shade, law and love. (c) Allen Morris, 2014.

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