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There is never a question for me when the reading from the gospel of Matthew, chapter 22, verses 34-40 shows up in the daily lectionary. The answer to the question that Jesus had been asked by a scholar of the law to test him is all we need to know to order our lives and relationships. At least that’s how it seems to me.

Question: Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?

Answer: 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 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.

Most of us can recite it from memory but do we remember it as we go about our day?