May our lives be a participation in the Oneness of all.
(Listen to my song “All Are One” on YouTube by clicking HERE)
The scribe said to Jesus, “Well said, teacher. You are right in saying, ‘(God) is One and there is no other than he.’ And ‘to love him with all your heart, with all your understanding, with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself’ is worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” And when Jesus saw that he answered with understanding, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.”
The scribe had just asked Jesus to tell him what was the greatest commandment.
Jesus had answered that it was to love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.
And then Jesus added that the second greatest commandment was to love your neighbor as yourself.
So in effect, Jesus said these two new commandments superseded the Ten Commandments.
Jesus is also quoted in Matthew 25 as saying, “whatever you did for the least of my brothers and sisters, you did for me.”
And what is it he asks us to do?
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me” (Matthew 25:35-36).
All those people…are our neighbors.
That means everyone.
Love is not just a concept. It requires action.
So when we love others as though they are us…we love Jesus.
That’s because we are all one in God.
As St. Paul said, “In (God) we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28).
The scribe told Jesus that loving God and others is more important than any sacrifice or offering you can make to God.
That’s because…when we join in the Trinitarian Flow of Love…an out-pouring of Love that has no end…we are truly “not far from the kingdom of God.”
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Remember…God loves you!
I’ve always been stricken by the beauty, humor and truth of “love thy neighbor as thyself,” as if we have a choice. As in, a person can always measure self love by measuring their own love for their neighbor. Christ was brilliant AND funny!