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  1. 1.3 Jesus Exemplifies the Law of Love
  2. Which commandment in the law is the greatest? • • The greatest commandment in the law is the law of love – to love God and others. “You shall love the Lord your god with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments” (Matthew 22: 37-40).
  3. Which commandment in the law is the greatest? • • • Jesus Christ reveals to us: The distinct yet inseparable love for God and love for neighbor. We are to love God and others with our whole self. The very meaning of each law – love.
  4. Which commandment in the law is the greatest? • • Love is the source, summary of the whole, and fulfillment of the law. God is love. Every law must express God’s love.
  5. What is this New Law? • • The New Law is the law of love, the law of grace, the law of freedom, the law of the Gospel. Law of love because it makes us act out of the love infused by the Holy Spirit, rather than from fear.
  6. What is this New Law? • • Law of grace because it confers the strength to act, by means of faith and the sacraments. Law of freedom because it sets us free from the ritual and juridicial observance of the Old Law, inclines us to act spontaneously by the prompting of charity and, let us pass from the condition of a servant who “does not know what his master is doing” to that of a friend (CCC 1972).
  7. What are the ways to love others? • • Love is shown through concrete acts. St. John wrote: “If anyone says, ’my love is fixed on God’ but hates his brother, he is a liar” (1 John 4:20)
  8. The Corporal Works of Mercy • • • • • • • Feed the hungry Give drink to the thirsty Clothe the naked Shelter the homeless Visit those in prison Visit the sick Bury the dead
  9. The Spiritual Works of Mercy • • • • • • • Instruct the ignorant Admonish the sinner Counsel the doubtful Comfort the sorrowful Bear wrongs patiently Forgive all injuries Pray for the living and the dead