30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Reading I: Exodus 22:20-26 II: 1 Thessalonians 1:5-10
Matthew 22:34-40

34 But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sad'ducees, they came together.
35 And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question, to test him.
36 "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?"
37 And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.
38 This is the great and first commandment.
39 And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
40 On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets."

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The greatest commandment is duty to God and duty to men: to love God, and then to love men whom God made in His own image.

  1. Before we start loving God, He loves us first. As always, He is longing our love for Him in return. Look back at the experiences in our life, how would the love of God that we allow to grow in our heart enable us to love other people, even those that we would despise? Loving God, is that the key to our spiritual life? Loving men, is that a necessary action to discern how true our love for God is?
  2. Is it easier to love God than our neighbors? Meditate the teaching: "It is love of God first and love of man second".
  3. Contemplate the love that you have for God. How do we respond to God? Test your love for God by checking your tendency to respond to God's love - the way you want to do, or the way God wants you to do.
  4. Jesus teaches us a way to love our neighbor: "This is the truth I tell you - whatever you did it to one of these least brothers of mine, you did it for me" (Mt. 25:40). How would we be able to see Jesus in our neighbors, even in those that we would despise?

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