Matthew 22:36-39 – Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?’ He said to him, ‘“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
For those that know me well, you know that I am not a big fan of Valentine’s Day. Yes, it is a great benefit for Hallmark as well as the local florists and restaurants. In today’s economic situation, by all means, celebrate Valentine’s Day to your heart’s content (no pun intended). However, do not let Valentine’s Day be the only day of the year that you express your love. People deserve to be told they are loved more than one day a year. We should be able to show our love on a regular basis and not save it all for one day in February.
I wonder if the same thing can be said for Sundays. Sundays should not be the only day of the week where we express our love and honor for God. We should show our love and admiration for God throughout the entire week. The Book of Matthew explains how we are to do that. Jesus gave it to us in the two Greatest Commandments.
How can we do that? How can we make every day a Sunday? The church and her people can live the Greatest Commandment. We can love the Lord with all heart in how we serve God and God’s people; and with all our soul in how the faithful can worship God in the church, in our lives and in our communities; and with our minds in how we will strive to be transformed through our efforts in teaching and learning from one another in Christian education. As we focus on the second commandment, we will show how to love the neighbor by lifting one another up in prayer, by coming together in fellowship, remembrance, and celebration, and by accepting all people with the same compassion and understanding as modeled by Jesus Christ.
And lastly, in order to love God and to love the neighbor, we must love ourselves. How do we love ourselves? I can say what I believe, but I can’t say it as eloquently as a colleague of mine in Richmond did. Check out Jim Somerville’s blog and see how we can apply the commandment to our own lives.
Total Fitness: http://jimsomerville.wordpress.com/2009/02/07/total-fitness/
So, let’s not allow Sundayto become the “Valentine’s Day” for God. Just as your loved one deserves to be loved every day of the year (as do you) God deserves to be loved and honored every day of the week.
Happy Valentine’s Week God!