Daily Gospel Reflection – Memorial of Saint Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the Church

Daily Gospel Reflection – Memorial of Saint Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the Church

Daily Gospel Reflection – Memorial of Saint Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the Church 

August 20, 2021 
Memorial of Saint Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the Church 
Gospel: Mt 20:1-16a 

When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a scholar of the law, tested him by asking, “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “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 the 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.” 

Source: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops 


Bishop Robert Barron 

Friends, our Gospel for today puts us on very holy ground, since it features the Word of God himself telling us what stands at the heart of the law. The Pharisees pose, as a kind of game, the following question: “Which commandment in the law is the greatest?” It was a favorite exercise of the rabbis to seek out the “canon within the canon,” the law that somehow clarified the whole of the law. 

Jesus gives his famous 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.” 

It’s finally about love, and the love of God and neighbor are inextricably bound to one another. If we follow the law, but don’t love, we’re wasting our time. If we love God, but hate our neighbors, we’re wasting our time. 

Why are the two loves so tightly connected? Because Jesus is not just God. He is the God-man, the one in whom divinity and humanity come together. Therefore, it’s impossible to love him as God without loving the humanity that he’s created and embraced. 

My ways are not your ways, says the Lord. Let us have the humility to allow God to distribute his graces as he sees fit. And let us not ask “why” in a spirit of rebellion, but “why” in a spirit of awe and expectation.

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