Gospel: Mk 12:28-34
A teacher of the law had been listening to this discussion and admired how Jesus answered them. So he came up and asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” Jesus answered, “The first is: Hear, Israel! The Lord, our God, is One Lord; and you shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength. And after this comes a second commandment: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these two.” The teacher of the law said to him, “Well spoken, Master; you are right when you say that he is one, and there is no other besides him. To love him with all our heart, with all our understanding and with all our strength, and to love our neighbor as ourselves is more important than any burnt offering or sacrifice.” Jesus approved this answer and said, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that, no one dared to ask him any more questions.
You shall love your neighbor as yourself Genuine love of God manifests itself in compassion and generosity toward one’s neighbors. One cannot claim to love God yet remain self-absorbed and indifferent to the needs of others. On the other hand, authentic love of neighbor unites and conforms one more closely to God. Care for one’s neighbor is a form of serving and worshiping the Lord who is present in everyone. Let us ask the grace to be able to see God in every neighbor, no matter how difficult the person might be, and to be charitable towards him or her as an act of love for God.
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