The First Commandment

The First Commandment


Reflection on the Gospel of the Thursday
In The Ninth Week Of Ordinary Time


Mark 12: 28b-34

“…love your neighbour as yourself.”

Love the Lord your God with

  • all your heart,
  • all your soul,
  • all your mind,
  • all your strength,

Jesus’ opponents seem to have prepared a question bank to test Jesus, since the tricky questions being thrown to Jesus seems to just not get over. He had already silenced most of them, the Pharisees, Herodians, and Sadducees, by his replies. Now, Jesus answers a scribe, offering him back the Decalogue – i.e. the 10 Commandments aka The Law. There were only two ideas/themes in the 10 Commandments, Love God & Love Neighbour. And the Scribe, in comparison to the other questioners accepted Jesus proper reply, with a humility on his part. Noticing this, Jesus further points to him that his heart has learnt and acknowledged the truth, he now should leave behind the assembly of the hypocrites and pursue God in fullness and love his fellow humans. When one truly loves God, and loves his neighbour as himself, they are on the path of the kingdom of God and eternal life. Seeing the exchange, and fully understanding the conversation between Jesus and the Scribe, those who had gathered to questioned Jesus ceased in this activity, and fell back in the assembly.

Do we love God or test God? Jesus showed us what true love is and has given us these two great commandments for our daily Christian living. Holy Spirit help us to live our Christian Life with the deep understanding of what it means to Love God and Love Neighbour with all our heart, soul, mind, strength and in doing so begin to love ourselves, in the true sense.

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