What is the Greatest Commandment?
Greatest Commandment Given to us by JesusIn the Gospel of Mark 12: 28-31, the Greatest Commandment Jesus gives us: 1-Love Him above all else. 2-Love our neighbor as ourselves.
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The greatest commandment is love.
One of the scribes, when he came forward and heard them disputing and saw how well he had answered them, asked him, “Which is the first of all the commandments?”
Jesus replied, “The first is this: ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’
The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Mark 12: 28-31
In this Gospel passage from Mark, love is the Greatest Commandment Jesus gives us. 1-Love Him above all else. 2-Love our neighbor as ourselves. Of course, this is not always easy. It can be challenging to love God above ourselves, to love our neighbor at times (or love some of our neighbors), or even to love ourselves with a true love. Yet, this is Jesus’ commandment to us, so we know He will help us to fulfill it and live it out if we truly try our best and ask Him for His help.
You can find some great resources recommended for growing in prayer here: Good Catholic Books to Read: Improve Your Prayer Life
Nunc Coepi: A Year of Prayer from Blessed is She is a book to lead you daily through a year of prayer. It contains Scripture selections, weekly reflections, and writings from Jean Pierre de Cassaude, Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection, Gabrielle Bossis, Saint Philip Neri, the Desert Fathers and Mothers, and Saint Francis de Sales. This book will help you to develop a habit of prayer and deepen your prayer life.
The Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus: How to Practice the Sacred Heart Devotion by Rev. John Croiset shares the message Jesus gave to St. Margaret Mary about His Sacred Heart. Fr. Croiset was the spiritual director for St. Margaret Mary for 43 years. The book also contains St. Margaret Mary’s prayers to the Sacred Heart and the Sacred Heart Promises.