"Teacher, which commandment in the Law is the greatest?"
This was a strange question because the Jews followed a great number of rules. About 615 various bans and commands.
With so many we certainly have to wonder which of them are really important and which ones are less important.
The reply stating, Jesus' love for God was not a surprise, because the pious Jews' daily prayer were the words--"listen Israel, the Lord is one and there is no bigger than Him."
However, the surprising part was the second part of this commandment. Love of neighbor. Jesus expanded this concept, because for Jesus neighbor was not only someone close, but also a stranger or even an enemy.
The surprise is that these two commandments are inseparable.
Jesus, in this commandment shows the most important aspect is to do good to your neighbor and refrain from doing evil.
In our world which focuses on commercialism, it is often a temptation just to be a lukewarm neighbor, not to be a neighbor with an open hand to help. This is a very important view for us.
To love someone, just because, should be the motto of our lives.
That is why love for man will always boil down to keeping the commandments of God, although sometimes this love will be challenging.
But once it is part of our lives, we will grow in the sense of love and certainly grow up to full humanity.
Because love is born in us and loves come back to the one who is giving love away. "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
So is it for us, the most important commandment?
Are we able to devote ourselves completely? and with passion?