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Friday 20th in Ordinary Time

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Gospel text (Mt 22,34-40): «You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and the most important of the commandments. But after this there is another one very similar to it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole Law and the Prophets are founded on these two commandments». When the Pharisees heard how Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they came together. One of them, a teacher of the Law, tried to test him with this question, «Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the Law?». Jesus answered, «You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and the most important of the commandments. But after this there is another one very similar to it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole Law and the Prophets are founded on these two commandments».

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today Jesus is tested and interrogated to see if he says something "new". And, surprise!: what Jesus Christ says is innovative but not new. As Son of the Father, He raises the Law and the Prophets towards a new horizon: ¡children of God!

- God is not the "god" we invent. Jesus shows us God as a Father who begs love among his children and demands that we love each other as brothers.

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