Love Your Neighbor…

4 Nov 2018 by SHRCChurch, Comments Off on Love Your Neighbor…

When asked if he had come to do away with the Law (i.e. Torah, the first five books of what we call the Old Testament, but which in Jesus’ time was simply the Scriptures) Jesus replied emphatically that he did not come to abrogate the Law, but rather to fulfill it.

He interpreted the Law in the light of God’s original intentions for it (e.g. it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles, but rather what comes out of the mouth). In today’s first reading we find the apex of pre-Christian religion…  loving God with all one’s heart and soul and strength! It was the genius of Jesus’ insight into the Scriptures that he combined the call to love God with the demand to love one’s neighbor (Leviticus 19).

Herein is found the very central core of all Scriptural law; the central core of God’s intentions behind all the other details of the Law. Thus, in the reign of God, to which we are called in Baptism, love is to be more than a spiritual relationship with God, but a concrete love as verifiable by how we deal with our fellow human beings. The two are inseparable; one feeds the other!

The history of Christianity is rife with failures to grasp and practice this concept. The final coming of Christ has been waiting for us to get this straight!

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