The Pharisees ask this question of Jesus to trap him by pitting God’s laws against each other. They hope that Jesus will choose one of the many commandments, implying that the others aren’t as important.
Jesus deftly avoids this pitfall by showing that individual laws aren’t goods in and of themselves. Rather, they serve to demonstrate what God has spoken throughout his Word: It is not sacrifice or oblations that he desires but the conversion of our hearts.
When viewed in this way, we can see that merely following the Law doesn’t make us God’s people. Through the love we demonstrate for him and for each other, we show that we are Christ’s disciples. Today, may we pray that we may be mindful of how God’s commandments lead us to grow in love and compassion.
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