THE GREATEST COMMANDMENT: “LOVE GOD AND NEIGHBOUR AS ONESELF”
The central theme of today’s readings is the greatest commandment in the Bible, namely to love God and express that love in action by loving Him living in our neighbor.
In the Gospel today, Jesus combines the commandment to love God with the commandment to love one’s neighbor and gives the result as one Commandment of supreme importance in Christian life. Jesus underlines the principle that we are to love our neighbor as we love ourselves because as God’s children both of us bear God’s image, and to honor God’s image is to honor Him. Love for our neighbor is a matter, not of feelings, but of deeds by which we share with others the unmerited love that God lavishes on us.
Excerpt from Fr. Tony Kadavil’s homily on Mt 22:34-40 available at www.cbci.in/Sunday-reflection