He replied, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, and with all your mind.
38 This is the first and greatest commandment.
39 And the second is like it: You must love your neighbor as you love yourself.
Matthew 22: 37-39
Arguments, arguments! That’s all the religious leaders want to do with Jesus—argue with him so that they can say, “Gotcha, Jesus!”
Jesus always finds a way not to get caught. Here’s one of those times. Isn’t it sad that instead of sitting at Jesus’ feet and learning about the marvels of God’s love for them, they just want to play mind-games with him!
The final verses of the reading get right to the most important things: how to live God’s ways. Jesus gives the basics about loving as the way to be fully alive in God. Actually, this was already taught in the Old Testament. It’s as though God is saying through Jesus: “Hey! I really meant this thing about loving!” Jesus takes this right up to the most powerful kind of love—to give up one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13
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Rising with You when I die v. 23
In You I’m fully alive. v. 32
Loving You, heart, soul and mind v. 37
Loving neighbor as myself v. 39
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