Greatest Commandment, Greatest Gift of All

Matthew 22:34-40


Christ teaches the two commandments of love.

Our mandate is to love God and neighbor.


The Navarre Bible notes are instructive.

Saint Bede wrote, “you cannot truly love God

If you do not love your neighbor, (nor) truly

Love your neighbor if you do not love God.”


“The only true proof of our love for God:

We love and help and care for our brothers.”


Saint Thomas Aquinas wrote, “when man is loved,

God is loved, because man is the image

Of God.”  Saint Bernard wrote, “the reason to

Love God is God; the method and means are

To love Him without methods or means.”  No

Other saints were quoted for this passage.


Patrick McCaskey


Patrick McCaskey is a Vice President and Director of the Chicago Bears, Chair of Sports Faith International, and Chair of WSFI Catholic Radio 88.5, as well as poet and the author of our Sports and Faith Series. He is also a grandson of George “Papa Bear” Halas. Surprising, inspiring, and all very human, Patrick McCaskey’s Poems About the Gospel is a book for all seasons where readers can find a few words of encouragement in every poem. Poems About the Gospel is available from Sporting Chance PressAmazon and select bookstores like the Little Way in Crystal Lake.


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