Today is Tuesday of Holy Week. On Tuesday of the first Holy Week, Jesus was one busy fellow! The sun was setting on him and he knew it.
It was on Tuesday that he issued his series of discourses. A discourse is a mini sermon. The most important mini sermon of his ministry is one that he called the Greatest Commandment.
“Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one. Love the Lord you God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”
“The second is this, Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these (Mark 12:29-31 NIV).”
We must note that Jesus was quoting Deuteronomy 6:4-5 and Leviticus 19:18.
In this short block of Scripture, Jesus overruled all written Scripture. This specifically included the very law of Moses; and, he used the very same Old Testament scripture in this discourse that was as familiar to the scribes and Pharisees as the backs of their hands!
What was Jesus’ aim? Once again, it was to change the heart.
If we love God, we will not be able to rest until we rest in Him. (Saint Augustine, Confessions.) If we love our enemies, then we don’t have any.
Simple. True. Flawless.
We may think it will take nothing short of a miracle for us to love our neighbors or even that aggravating kinsman! Well, remember, Jesus rose from the grave so helping us to love an antagonist is a piece of cake.
Sometimes, all that is needed is some creativity and initiative on our part! Through God’s grace, there is no one we cannot love.
Christ always keeps the door propped open. We just need to step through it.
I know…I have used a lot of metaphors! So down to the nitty-gritty, Christ will love you and your neighbor and your crazy brother-in-law and that black sheep sister until the end of time.
There is nothing that you or I do to make Jesus stop loving us!
To find peace, we project the love of Christ on to others. This means that we shine the love of Christ like a flashlight.
We may even need to fake it until we make it! Even so, my guess is that in this process we will develop an acquired taste, so to speak!
I used to hate the taste of cheese! I got over that!
As we move into Christ’s ways of doing things, our world begins to shift. When we project the light of Christ onto others, we acquire a special love where we begin to deem others worthy of love too.
To put is simply, let go and let God! Allow room for our Lord to work some of his miracles. My guess is when we do, we will be pleasantly surprised.
Just some thoughts for Tuesday of Holy Week!