Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 22,34-40.
When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together,
and one of them, a scholar of the law, tested him by asking,
“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”
He said to him, “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.
The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”
Love is central
- We’re going to talk about the attitude of the Pharisees. They seek Jesus because he had silenced the Sadducees, they seek him to join their party, to have Jesus in their faction. We can’t do that, there are no sides here and we can’t say that Jesus is on one side or on the other so don’t look for Jesus now to have him on your side. Jesus is neither conservative nor progressive, neither traditionalist nor radical, he doesn’t belong to any group or movement. Jesus is God and loves us all – He loves us to the extreme of shedding his precious blood on the cross for us. Let’s seek Jesus to bring unity, so that we may grow in love for one another. Let’s not think Jesus “belongs” to our group or our movement. Jesus is in all of us – not only in the priest who wears a cassock or in the one who wears a T-shirt; He is not only in the one who plays the organ or the piano, or the one who plays the guitar. We should look for Jesus for love; to love him, to fall in love with life and with him – not to join our side.
- But we also want to test him. How many times do we test God? Many times, we seek God more than anything to ask him to indulge our whims. Reunite with God and don’t try to test him. He knows you and you know him, don’t ask him what you want to see but ask him to help you see and understand. A friend of mine says that there are times when God sets out tiny lights for us, to show us the way. But sometimes, we should ask him for brighter lights because it is so hard for us to see the path He wants us to walk along.
- And that’s why we have to love and that’s our crucial issue. Because God loved us so much that he left us a lesson on the cross. When Jesus was crucified, there is a horizontal and a vertical beam of the cross, to remind us that our love for God prevails in order to be able to love our neighbour. If your head and feet are in God – and I ask you to look at the cross now unless you are driving, of course – if that’s the case, please wait until later to look at the cross! I was saying, look at the cross and see this logic: if your head and feet are in God, most surely your hands will be nailed to the hands of your brothers and sisters. That’s why try to love God and love your brothers and sisters from there.
God bless you in the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Take care! Don’t forget: Heaven is Our Goal!