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Broken Record

In this Sunday's Gospel reading, we'll hear of the time a lawyer challenging, or testing, Jesus by asking him "which of the commandments is the greatest?"

There are, after all, not just the Ten Commandments in the Torah, but as many as 613 commandments... 248 positive ones ("you shall...") and 365 negative commandments ("you shall not...") 

So, among all these commandments, how to sort, to prioritize: which is the greatest?

Jesus said in response, "'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: `You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."

Love God with all you've got, and love your neighbor as yourself. It's as simple as that. 

As Michael Moynahan, S.J. has written in his poem/prayer "Broken Record," 

"Grandparenting God,
You see our sin as
symptomatic stutter,
self-effacing struggle
to ignore
the confounding reality
of Your willful
vulnerability:

"I love you
because I can't do
anything else.
I made you,
every last part of you:
all that's hidden
and all that's revealed,
all that's muddled
and even all that's clear.
You are,
at the risk
of repeating Myself,
dear to Me.
You are precious
in My eyes
because...
just because
you are Mine.
That's enough for Me.
And it will have to do
for you.

Wrestle with it
until you get tired
and then relax
and give in.
Take a deep breath
and enjoy."

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