Matthew 22:34-40 (NRSV)

34 When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together,

35 and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him.
36 “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”
37 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.’
38 This is the greatest and first commandment.
39 And a second is like it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

Matthew 22:37-39 (NRSV)

37 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.’

38 This is the greatest and first commandment.
39 And a second is like it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

DEVOTION – Richard Gillum (Maryland)

As a retired scientist, I am enjoying taking a course on the history of science.  I was intrigued by the instructor’s statement that one of the most important scientific ideas to emerge in the 20th century showed that all reality – from the atom to the universe – can be understood in terms of relationships.  As a Christian, I was fascinated to learn that a concept that runs throughout the Old and New Testaments has a parallel in the latest scientific thinking.

Humans are spiritual and physical beings.  Our relationship with God is our primary concern, and our relationships with other humans second only to that.  Cultivating both these kinds of relationships is a lifelong challenge, requiring our constant attention.

How thankful we can be that God through Christ graciously offers us forgiveness when we fail to maintain our relationships with God and others!  Only in God’s commandments do we find our ultimate reality in this life and in the life to come.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: How will I make time for my relationship with God and with others today?

PRAYER: Lord Jesus Christ, help us to obey your commandments of love and remain in right relationship with you and others.  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: THOSE WHO LACK LOVING RELATIONSHIPS

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