30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
The two Commandments are so important together. We see in the world what happens when one is practiced to the extreme without the other. When there is no love of neighbour, people end up using violence in the name of God. When there is no love of God, eventually love is confined only to those we like or ‘our own’, and others are dispensable, or are turned to mere objects. Only in Christianity are these two spelt out strongly: after all, God who came to us, came to us as a neighbour and a brother.
A couple of chapters later (Chapter 25), Jesus gives us a practical application of these two commandments – that we should even see God in our neighbour:
“…in as much as you did it to one of the least of these, you did it to Me”.
God bless Fr Michael