Which is the first of all the commandments?

Published June 3, 2021, 12:15 AM

by Manila Bulletin



The commandment to love one’s neighbor is from Lv 19:18. It is in keeping with the law and prophets, both of which emphasize right relationships with people as well as with God. Jesus calls us to balance these two great commandments. The person who loves God but does not love the neighbor is gravely deficient. The scribe asks for one commandment but Jesus gives two. In saying that “there is no other commandment greater than these,” Jesus demonstrates thorough knowledge of the Scriptures.

GOSPEL • MARK 12:28-34

One of the scribes came to Jesus and asked him, “Which is the first of all the commandments?” Jesus replied, “The first is this: Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.” The scribe said to him, “Well said, teacher. You are right in saying, He is One and there is no other than he. And to love him with all your heart, with all your understanding, with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” And when Jesus saw that he answered with understanding, he said to him, “You are not far from the Kingdom of God.” And no one dared to ask him any more questions.

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