Scripture Reflection – Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (28-29th of October)
There were 613 commandments according to rabbinical reckoning. The Rabbis would argue as to which of these commandments were more important, significant or demanding according to a problem or question. The question put to Jesus by the Pharisees as to which of the commandments was the greatest out of the 613 was not unusual in itself, but insidious in its purpose.
We know the answer: “You must 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 seconds resembles it: you must love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments hand the whole Law, and the prophets also.”
We can approach our own response to the question: which of the above commands most influences is my personal commandment that I live by and which motivates my thoughts and actions to life situations; my responses or reactions to personal encounters, or, my deep sense of personal wealth given to me by God?