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Matthew 22:36-39 (NRSV): The Greatest Commandment
36 “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” 37 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.’ 38 This is the greatest and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
Psalm 1 (NRSV): The Two Ways
1 Happy are those
who do not follow the advice of the wicked,
or take the path that sinners tread,
or sit in the seat of scoffers;
2 but their delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law they meditate day and night.
3 They are like trees
planted by streams of water,
which yield their fruit in its season,
and their leaves do not wither.
In all that they do, they prosper.
4 The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
6 for the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.
What are you noticing and feeling and hearing as you sit with these two texts?
How do you feel affirmed or challenged by these texts?
What is the advice of the wicked? What is the source of true happiness?
What new things are you discovering in this season of your life about how to love God?
What new things are you discovering in this season of your life about how to love your neighbors?
What new things are you discovering in this season of your life about how to love yourself?
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