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  • Writer's pictureFr. Kris

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time ‘a’

A lawyer asked Jesus which was the greatest of all the laws. There were 613 of them in Hebrew Scripture. Which was the most important? When you attended religious education classes, you probably had to memorize certain prayers and the commandments. I remember I did. The teacher then would check if we remembered and would test us asking randomly – tell me what is the fifth commandment? Or how many deadly sins are there? We Catholics also have many commandments and rules and regulations to follow. If you’ve seen the Catechism of the Catholic Church, you know how large it is with all those church regulations. And so, just like that lawyer who asked Jesus, we also may wonder which one to follow, which one is most important. And the answer is the same simple clever one Jesus gave -- follow only two, as long you follow those two, you will be fine. You don’t need to remember all of them, just remember and follow these two -- “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.”

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