Crumbs
October 21, 2020
200. Week of First Sunday after Trinity - Wednesday
You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart
          You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. You shall love your neighbour as yourself.   Mathew 22:37-39
          This is the sum, the chief contents, the real and true meaning of all commandments, each commandment being but an application of this to particular requirements; this must be the living heart of the fulfilment of all commandments; each separate commandment marks but the pulse-beatings that should and must come from this heart. "You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind; you shall love your neighbour as yourself." Thus Christ said, thus says the entire Scripture. And you can see that it is so, my dear Christian. In a measure every man can see this, especially when he hears it. Since God is the Most High, since He is Goodness itself and worthy of being loved more than anything else, you must love Him with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. If you do not do this, you are sinful and do what is wrong. Since God regards your neighbour just as highly as yourself, you must love your neighbour as yourself. If you do not do this, you are sinful and do what is wrong. God desires no outward, unwilling, slavish, loveless fulfilment of His commandments. Love must impel you to fulfil all commandments. If you have this love, as God demands it of you, then you will gladly and properly fulfil all commandments. You will serve God in perfection, you will do no evil to your neighbour, but only good. "Therefore love is the fulfilling of the Law." (Rom. 13:10). If you do not have this love, you lack the heart, you are dead, spiritually dead, sinful beyond measure, then you cannot keep any of the commandments of God. Have you this love, O Christian? Since you are a regenerated child of God, you begin, it is true, to love God and your neighbour. But oh, how much does your love still lack the true quality and strength! How sinful are you, how sinful am I! Is it not so? Self-love grows rank within us. And the love toward God and toward the neighbour is but a poor and pitiable seedling standing in the shadow and among the weeds of many sins.
          PRAYER: - O God, Most High, Fountain of goodness, and most worthy to be loved, whose love toward me and my fellow-sinners on earth knows neither bound nor measure, who did not spare Your own Son, but delivered Him up for us all that in Him we might live forever: continue to have mercy upon me, a poor sinner, and for Christ's sake forgive me for loving You so little and keeping Your commandments so poorly. And through Your Holy Spirit, O Lord, kindle love toward You and toward my neighbour in my heart, and grant that in eternal life this small flame of God will become a perfect and a holy fire. Amen

Second Part : Catechism Lessons
October 21, 2020