In this passage from the Gospel of Luke the Lord teaches his disciples that the term “neighbor” applies to all people, regardless of race, color, religion or political view. Using the example of the Good Samaritan, Jesus reveals how we are called to respond with mercy toward all.
When asked what is the most important commandment, Jesus responds by citing Deuteronomy 6:4-5 and Leviticus 19:18 and swiftly summarizes the life of faith by condensing the Ten Commandments down to two. As we take these two crucial commandments to heart may they guide every aspect of our lives each and every day.
We see some common themes in the readings this week:
1st Reading – Love the Lord your God…heart, soul and strength
Psalm – “I love you, Lord, my strength.”
2nd Reading – Jesus is forever our high priest
Gospel – The Greatest Commandments…Love God and neighbor
At first glance we might easily take these ideas for granted; most of us have grown up with our Christian faith and have heard these messages from childhood. But what happens when we pause and reflect?
God loves us, even when we make mistakes.
God loves us, and invites us back into right relationship.
God loves us, and keeps offering opportunities to grow in love.
God loves us, and was born, lived, suffered, died and rose for us!
Loving God is not some melancholy obligation! The Lord made us for love and through the gift of faith we are invited to grow in love with God and one another. Simply put, each and every day we have the opportunity to become more and more like Christ – our teacher and example of love.
How can you foster God’s love in your life today? How can you find ways to express and implement love in your relationships? Our commandment to love finds its source, strength and glory in the love that God has for us. May we receive the Lord’s love for us today as we share that love in all aspects of our lives.
The kids at Cathedral School are reminded by the Lord’s command to love one another, even when it is hard. That begs a question: who in your life is a challenge to love today? Ask God for the grace to love them as the Lord loves us.