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.
Sometimes then we get more than we have bargained for. We cannot say we love God if in fact, we do not love our neighbor. We must see the connection. And we learn this connection is both the type of love that is action, and the type of love that is forgiveness. Be careful what you ask Jesus. You might just get an answer you were not expecting.