“These Two Commandments”
O Lord, the love to which you call us and that you command us to practice is so simple and so deep, so easy and so hard, so basic and so complex.
Forgive us for when we too easily assume that we love you as we should and that we love others as we should.
Inspire us by the example of the crucified Christ and by the presence in our lives of the crucified and resurrected Christ to live out in our lives his kind of love for you and for others.
Fill us so much with the love of Christ that loving with his love is all that we want to do and all that we can do.
“When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. ‘Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?’ 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 greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.’” (Matthew 22:34-40)