July 7, 2016

What Must I Do To Have Eternal Spiritual Life? (Proper 15)

Jesus is asked the big question - and He gives the big answer. Notice that he does not give the usual Gospel of John answer about believing in Jesus. Instead, since he is asked as a test of Hebrew orthodoxy; he gives what we might call the “Hebrew” answer. In everyday use we tend to shorten this to “love God and your neighbour” We tend to:
·         Leave out the “With all your heart” part.
·         Define neighbour too narrowly
·         Skim over the “as yourself part”
Jesus deepened, widened and strengthened the definition of love.