Exodus 22: 20-26
Matthew 22: 34-40
Notice in Matthew that a scholar of the law posed the question as to which commandment is the greatest, after he found out that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees. He posed it as a test. But notice what Jesus does. He speaks to the great commandment, the great “Hear O Israel, . . . you shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart, soul and mind” But then Jesus combines this commandment with another: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Then he says that the WHOLE LAW is summed up in these commandments. Again, I imagine, the scholar of the law sat silent, unable to contest what Jesus had said.
In Exodus as well as elsewhere, what it means to love is spelled out. Our love of God is to be reflected in our love of others. As a matter of fact, even if someone says they don’t believe in God, but they exhibit love and care for others, they, in fact, are headed in the right direction.
Is the love that I claim to have for God reflected in my actions? If someone didn’t know anything of my “spirituality,” but only observed my behavior – would my spirituality be evident in my actions? Francis of Assisi said: “Preach the Gospel. . . . And when necessary, use words!”
How am I behaving today?