“A person is bored to death with a story they have heard repeated over and over but have never really listened to.”1 Is this true of ourselves and our listening to the Gospel stories? ‘When we hear Jesus’ familiar teaching “Love your neighbour as yourself” we almost always hear that wrong i.e. we hear “Love your neighbour as much as yourself.” If we listen closely to Jesus however, there is no ‘as much as’ in his admonition. It is “Love your neighbour as yourself” or “Love your neighbour as being yourself—as a continuation of your very own being. It’s a complete seeing that your neighbour is you. There are not two individuals out there; there are simply two cells of the one great Life.’2
‘It is the same Source and the same Love that allows each of us to love ourself, others, and God at the same time! If we don’t live from within our own centre of connection and communion with God, we’ll go spinning around in many directions. The true goal of all religion is to lead us back to the place where everything is one, to the experience of radical unity with all of humanity and all of creation, and hence to the experience of unity with God.
How we embark on our journey of loving others is rooted in our personal experience of who we are. Love is not something we decide to do now and then. Love is who we are. When we get the “who” right and realise that who I am is love, then we will do what we came to do: Love God and love all that God has created. We are created in the image of God and God is love. This is the basis for the corporal works of mercy, for social justice. We were created by a loving God to be love in the world.’3
How can we possibly be bored if we truly listened to the words spoken in Scripture, if we truly listened to the Word? ‘Love is our origin, Love is our sustaining ground and love is our destiny. We may ask ourselves, “What will become of me if I surrender to this Love which permeates every moment of our lives?” What will become of us if we don’t?’4
 GK Chesterton. Adapted from  Cynthia Bourgeault,  Richard Rohr,  James Finley
Gospel: Matthew 22:34-40
When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”
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.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”