The Great Commandment

Do You Keep the Great Commandment?

"The Pharisees Question Jesus" by James Tissot

Have you ever felt like you have arrived in the middle of a conversation? That’s how you should feel after hearing today’s passage from Mark’s Gospel. But you might not realize it! What is the first and greatest commandment? The passage begins with the twenty-eighth verse of the twelfth chapter of Mark’s Gospel, but part of the verse was omitted. […]

Keeping the Great Commandment

Photography © by Andy Coan

Hear O Israel!  Most have heard of the Great Commandment – to love God with your whole heart and your neighbor as yourself.  But if God is just and salvation depends upon perfect obedience to this command, who can be saved? Reflection on the Mass readings for the Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) — Deuteronomy 6:2-6; Psalms 18:2-3, […]

The Radical Rabbi and The Greatest Commandment

Photography © by Andy Coan

When his enemies quiz him about what commandment is the greatest, Jesus reveals just how radical he really is.  His answer goes to the very root of every single one of the 613 commandments found in the law of the Old Testament – the distinct kind of divine love known as charity or agape. Reflection on the Mass readings for […]