Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The commandment of love

A little something for Maundy Thursday... Every commandment of God is an act of creation.
"By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all their host by the breath of his mouth. For he spoke, and it [the earth] came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm." (Psalm 33:6,9)
By the word, the creator commands all creation to be. Jesus gives his disciples a new commandment that they love one another. The command to love is, in fact, ancient. It is the heart of the Mosaic law. What, then is new? In the very act of commanding, Jesus is creating something new, securing a foundation of love. The word speaks, and love comes into being. The word commands, and love stands firm. Receive, then, the breath of his mouth.

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