In today's Gospel, Jesus sums up the 10 Commandments into 2 commandments about love.
Holy Spirit, fill my heart and illuminate my mind. Help me to hear and understand God's message today. Help me to recognise when God is trying to speak to me in my daily life.
When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees,
they gathered together, and one of them,
a scholar of the law tested him by asking,
"Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?"
He said to him,
"You shall 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 is like it:
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments."
Say: We show our love for God and for one another through our words and our actions.
Say: In today’s Gospel, Jesus is asked which of the commandments was the greatest. His answer teaches us about how we are to love.
Ask: Jesus said the greatest commandments are to love God and love your neighbor.
Say: Our neighbor isn’t just the person who lives next door. Who is our neighbor? (Everyone who is affected by our actions is our neighbor; all people are our neighbors)
Say: Showing love for our neighbor is a way that we show our love for God.
Invite children to take a moment to sit quietly and choose two actions they will do this week to show their love for God and their for their neighbor.
Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mz4_uOL5m00 (Credit to Catholic Kids Media)
Father in heaven, we give you today:
all that we think, and do, and say;
And we join it with all that was done
by Jesus Christ, your Son.