Reflection of the Word of God, Sunday OCTOBER 31st, 2021
Which is the first
of all the Commandments?
The ten commandments determine that the Christian must love God above all things, not use his name in vain, sanctify the holidays, honor father and mother, do not kill, do not commit improper acts with sex, do not steal, no lie, do not indulge in impure thoughts, and do not covet the possessions of others. In the Gospel all these prescriptions are synthesized by Christ in "loving God above all things and your neighbor as yourself."
These rules are not intended to be oppressive or to prohibit everything; but, on the contrary, they are laws that help guide our walk, our decisions ... The key is in love; because whoever loves does not harm, does not harm… that is why the first commandment is to love. And there is no greater love than that which disposes us to lay down our lives for others. Jesus, who tells us this, demonstrated with his own life and with his death that he meant it. He insists that love of God and love of neighbor are one and the same thing; they are inseparable. Although, as the letter of Santiago says: It is easy for us to love a God whom we do not see, but very often it is very difficult for us to love others.