There are moments when we think we are asking about one thing, and we get an answer to the question that we did not expect. Today’s gospel is just one such occasion. The question asked of Jesus concerns the greatest commandment. Namely, we should love the Lord our God with everything we have. But what the person asking the question did not expect was to be given the second commandment. We are also to love our neighbors as ourselves.
When Jesus identifies the second commandment, he makes the first commandment clearer. If we are to love God with all we have, we must love our neighbors as ourselves. Loving God means loving neighbor. We cannot say we love God if we do not love our neighbor. So when you ask Jesus a question, be careful. You too might get more in the answer than you bargained for.
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- Jesus meant EVERYBODY: Homily for Monday, October 9, 2017
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- Homily for Monday, January 5, 2015
- Love Neighbor: Homily for Saturday, August 26, 2017