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Jesus responded to the scribe’s question (Mark 12:30-31) about the first of all the commandments, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart….soul….mind….and strength.” Then, unasked, he added the second of all commandments, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Jesus tells us it’s a package deal. When someone who loves me asks me to do something, I’m expected to obey and respond lovingly. To do otherwise is not loving that person. Thus, I can’t truly love God if I don’t love my neighbor. I need to let that sink in.

(Daily 100: A Package Deal was first published on the blog Reflections of a Lay Catholic)

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