Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary
August 22, 2014
First Reading: EZ 37:1-14
Responsorial Psalm: PS 107:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9
Gospel: MT 22:34-40
Our Gospel today presents to us a summary of all the Jewish commandments. There are actually 613 of them (here is a list). The Pharisees laid these commandments on the backs of the people. These commandments became a burden to them. They found it hard to carry because of the Pharisees’ self-righteousness and legalistic law-keeping. This is the “yoke of the Pharisees” in Mt. 23. Jesus offer his yoke which is easy and light (Mt. 11:28-30). This is the yoke of loving God.
In our Gospel reading, Jesus summarized the 613 commandments into two. These in fact, as Jesus said, are what hold all the commandments together. The Law and the Prophets are dependent on these. These are the two commandments:
“You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment.
The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
These for me are more than just a commandment. It is the very life every Jew and Christian must live by. Loving God above everything else including oneself and loving others is the life we must live. The criteria of loving ones neighbor the way we love oneself though may create a problem for those who do not love themselves. If they abuse their bodies, do not respect themselves as temples of the Holy Spirit, do things to themselves as they please they are destroying themselves. They end up destroying others as well. But this is not suppose to happen if they love God with all their heart, soul and mind. It necessarily follows then that whose of love God also love themselves and their neighbors which is an expression of their love of God. To love God then means that we love ourselves and all those around us even our enemies.
As citizens of this world, we are bound to so many laws. In each of our countries and even in the international community, there are laws to follow. These are necessary for us to co-exist peacefully and to progress in life. But let us remember that what binds them all together must be our love of God. The laws and commandments of the land and even of the Church must depend on the two commandments of love.
Love God. Manifest this love to oneself and to everyone. You can never go wrong as a citizen both of heaven and of earth.
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Bring others to love God.