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30th

Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mt 22:34-40

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The Command to Love

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The combination of Deuteronomy 6:5 and Leviticus 19:18 was a brilliantly creative idea, as it brings the focus on the two halves of the Ten Commandments as a foundation of life, and sums up that duty as love, that is, a God-like attitude beyond the specific requirements of the Law.

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Gospel : Matthew 22:34-40

OVERVIEW OF GOSPEL
Vince Contreras offers these points:
  • This Sunday’s Gospel reading finds Jesus again in Jerusalem during the week before his death. Between the time of last Sunday’s Gospel and this, he has just finished silencing the members of the religious group, the Sadducees, regarding a question about the Resurrection, a doctrine they did not believe in (Matthew 22:23-33).
  • An opposing religious party, the Pharisees, who considered Jesus a breaker of the Jewish Law (see Matthew 12:1-8, 9-14), now pose to him a question that was commonly asked all teachers of the Law: Which commandment—out of the possible 613 recognized precepts of the Law formulated by the rabbis—is the greatest?
  • Jesus answers them—not out of the 613 precepts—but out of two of the Mosaic books of the Law (Deuteronomy 6:5 and Leviticus 19:18), the first part of which is found in the shema, recited daily by faithful Jews (Deuteronomy 6:4-9).
  • For Jesus, love (charity) is the greatest theological law (Matthew 19:19; Romans 13:8-10; 1 Corinthians 13:13; Galatians 5:14; James 2:8; CCC §§ 1822-1824). The Gospel requires “faith(Deuteronomy 6:5) working though love (Leviticus 19:18)” (Galatians 5:6).
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KEY TOPICS

The great commandment.

  • The discussion of the Law in today’s Gospel is one of the four conflict stories in this section of Matthew.
  • A scribe attempts to trap Jesus with the question: “What is the greatest commandment of the Law”?
  • Jesus answers by quoting two passages from the Hebrew Scriptures: the command to love God from Deuteronomy 6:5, and the command to love their neighbor from Leviticus 19:18.
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The combination of Deuteronomy 6:5 and Leviticus 19:18 was a brilliantly creative idea, as it brings the focus on the two halves of the Ten Commandments as a foundation of life, and sums up that duty as love, that is, a God-like attitude beyond the specific requirements of the Law.

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Reading I : Exodus 22:20-26
KEY TOPICS

Take care to be just, especially to widows and the poor.

  • Exodus 20-23 consists primarily of laws.
  • Today’s passage reminds the Israelites to care for the poor and vulnerable in their midst.
  • Any mistreatment of the vulnerable people in the society would be interpreted as a direct affront to God.
Reading II : 1 Thessalonians 1:5c-10
KEY TOPICS

Your faith is an example for others.

  • Paul’s thanksgiving for the faith of the Thessalonians continues in today’s passage.
  • The Thessalonians have endured with joy the suffering brought by faithfulness to God’s Law.
  • As a result, they have become, in their turn, models of faith for the rest of the Near East.
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