This weekend we celebrate the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time. In the Gospel reading below, the Sadducces tried to trick Jesus by their question. In his response, Jesus clearly states the greatest commandment—to love God with our entire being. As Catholic Christians, this is our most important calling, and everything we do is measured against it. Jesus also tells us that we should love our neighbor as ourselves, for love of God and love of neighbor are one law, and one cannot be separated from the other.
As we love our neighbor, we show our love for God, thus keeping the greatest commandment. As we have heard—how can we love the God we cannot see if we do not love the neighbor whom we do see? Our love of neighbor gives flesh to our love of God.
Gospel Mt 22: 34-40
When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees,
they gathered together, and one of them,
a scholar of the law tested him by asking,
"Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?"
He said to him,
"You shall 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 second is like it:
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments."