Summing up all commandments

When love of neighbour is overemphasized by ignoring love of God completely, we fall into the trap of activity oriented lifestyle

Summing up all commandments

By Fr. Robert D’Souza
The Scribe tried to trap Jesus with the question about the greatest commandment in the law because there were 613 commandments and all were considered to be of equal importance.

No one dared to put one above the other. Jesus summarized all those commandments into just two: Love of God and love neighbour.

There are four possibilities here:

a) When love God is overemphasized by neglecting love of neighbour, we fall into the trap of ritualism or hypocrisy,

b) When love of neighbour is overemphasized by ignoring love of God completely, we fall into the trap of activity oriented lifestyle,

c) when both are neglected for the sake of our own ambitions, we fall into the trap of selfishness and self-centeredness,

d) it is only in combining the two that we fulfill all the other commandments.

Which of the above possibility is a reality in my life? How can I combine the love of God with the love of neighbour in my day-to day life?

(A prolific writer Fr. Dr. Robert Baptist D’souza has been a perspicacious translator for years including the translation of the voluminous Catechism of the Catholic Church. He translated the 16 sticker books of the Living in Faith to Marathi and is busy translating the Bible into the same language. He belongs to the diocese of Vasai and is the director of the pastoral centre.)

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