20. Like Jesus: Love as a verb

compassion-1Every Jew in Jesus time recited the Shema, (named  so after the first word of the text in Hebrew) often more than once a day as we find it in Deuteronomy :” Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.  Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength”. This was the creed, prayer and focus of their faith. When Jesus was asked about the core of his beliefs and lifestyle he quoted this verse. And added to it another verse from Leviticus. (Deut 6:1-6 and Lev 19:18)

Read Matthew 22:34-40

  1. Recite Jesus’s direct words out loud. Do it with passion! This is the essence of what Jesus believed, taught and lived. Repeat until you will be able to remember it well.
  2. Think about the faith journey up to now, about what you experienced and how the Lord led you to follow him. Remind each other how all of this fits into these few words. You can become like Jesus by loving as he did. There is no choice to be made between loving God and loving other people that crosses your path. Minister to each other with God’s love.

In the end, it is only love that remains.

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