60. The greatest virtue.
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbour as yourself.'"(Matthew 22:37-39) Religion has made our relationship with God and man so complex but Jesus made it as simple as it can get! Anyone would have difficulty recalling the ten commandments but definitely not the two! "All the law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments." (Vs 40) To the man who realised that to love God and man is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices, Jesus said, "You are not far from the Kingdom of God."( Mark 12:34) The virtue of love alone decides our standing in the Kingdom and not our talents. "Whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the Kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:19) Love leads the way and is placed above all virtues. 'And over all virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.'(Colossians 3:14) Paul stressed the superiority of simple love over "sensational" gifts of the Spirit and advocated the way of love to activate them. 'But you are eagerly desiring the greatest gifts. I will show you the most excellent way ... now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts ...' (1 Corinthians 12:31-14:1) Amen.