Good Morning – let’s hope everyone remembered the clock went forward last night and we are here at 10am GMT not 9am!
‘Master, which is the greatest commandment of the Law?’ Jesus said, ‘You must 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 resembles it: You must love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments hang the whole Law, and the Prophets also.’ Matthew 22:36-40
Today’s gospel is set in the last two weeks of Jesus’ life at a time when he is going to the temple every day and preaching his final preaching. In two weeks time he will be arrested and put on trial and found guilty and he will die. And the Pharisees ask the question, “What is the most important Commandment?”
The Jewish people had a lot of Commandments. We think of only the ten, the Ten Commandments, but they had at least six hundred and seventy. When they talk about the Commandments, the Jews revered all of them – the smallest and the biggest – but they also knew that all of them had a common cause – what it was to be loved by God and to love God.
What Jesus reminds them and reminds us is that all that writing, all that talking, all the sermons we have heard have only one subject and that is: love God with your whole heart and love your neighbour as yourself. Knowing this truth is to know Jesus, following this truth is to follow him, through the Cross, to the glory of the Resurrection and eternal life with his Father.
As Wales is in a Coronavirus firebreak lockdown from 6pm Friday, October 23rd until 12:01am on Monday, November 9th, there will be no Masses open to attendees at St. Teilo’s or Our Lady of Lourdes during this period. Mass will continue to be broadcast online each day at 10.00am.
Mass today will be at 10.00am and you are welcome to join us online.
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