Gospel Reading and Thoughts for October 26, 2014

pharaseesGospel – Matthew 22:34-40

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.”

The Greatest commandment! Christ is giving us a tall order to fill.  This commandment, if we let it, can direct our movements and decisions in our lives on a daily and even hourly basis!

Teaching our children how to live this rule can be challenging. With their high demands and quick emotional responses, helping them see God in others first is difficult.  Oftentimes our Golden Rule teachings are often derailed because our cute little darlings know exactly how to push our buttons.  They can push us over the edge with just the right actions simply because they want to know the boundaries to mom’s patience.  But they watch us – they see everything that we do and they hear everything we say.  (One of my daughters we call Little Miss Big Ears because she is so good at illicitly listening to adult conversations!)  But they also see the kindnesses that we do too.  They see us take a meal to a friend.  They notice when we put a special treat in their lunches.  They watch as we call a friend in need or slip in an extra mass that week.  They observe how we continue to do chores for the family, long after the have been tucked in.

Teaching the Greatest Commandment to our children is not just in our direct instruction, but in our every word and deed as they watch us and try to emulate us, as we try to emulate Christ!

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