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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for December 12, 2017

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TUESDAY, December 12

Matthew 22:40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Our reading from Matthew tells the story of Jesus teaching about the greatest commandment. He tells the Pharisees that Moses delivered the greatest and first commandment to the Israelites: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind” (Deuteronomy 6:5). Jesus amplifies this by saying that there is a second great commandment just like it, from Leviticus 19:18: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

We’ve read plenty about how we humans don’t even know how to love ourselves effectively, much less our neighbors or God. I won’t break any new ground on that front in these 200-odd words. I do think that loving the fellow members of our human family—even the ones who disagree with us and especially the ones who hurt us—links together loving ourselves and loving God. Through the expression of true love for another, we experience a tiny fraction of the love that God feels for us. This holy risk opens our hearts, souls, and minds to love God and each other in a deeper way.

MOVING FORWARD: What holy risk will you take to love yourself, God, and your neighbor today?

PRAY for the Diocese of Willochra (Australia)

Ps 26, 28 * 36, 39 | Amos 7:10-17 | Revelation 1:9-16 | Matthew 22:34-46



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