Fulfilling the Law (MATTHEW 22:34-40): REFLECTION
Fulfilling the law is the theme for our reflection. Law is a rule of conduct or action that a nation or a group of people agree to follow. The Israelites from the time of Moses were given a body of laws which were also referred to as commandment which must guard their relationship with God and with one another. One of the Pharisees knowing the answer already, “asked Jesus a question to test him. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:35-40)
Dear friend, we can safely say the greatest commandment is loving God and neighbour. In other words, we have no choice but to love God and neighbour Because it is the greatest and fundamental law upon which all other laws are built and therefore must be obeyed. So long us we love God and serve Him and also love and care for one another then we need no complex system of law since love reigns supreme over all laws given to believers in the Bible. Paul tells us the importance of love and the basic principle upon which everything including faith thrives when he wrote that “if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:2-3). Love must be a the foundamental principle behind every action or conduct of a believer towards God and neighbour. Shalom.
Holy Spirit, make us instruments of love and let love lead in our service to God and our daily interactions with everyone we come across. Amen