Lv 19:1-2, 11-18; Ps 19; Mt 25:31-46

You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
We focus a lot on the “Thou shall nots.” In the moral life, law and responsibility go hand-in-hand. It’s important to know the norms of proper behavior. We can better stay on the right path if we know the boundaries. So the Lord begins his instructions to Moses regarding how to speak to the children of Israel with a detailed listing of bad conduct. Moral teaching is full of precise examples of how not to act, but the Lord doesn’t neglect clearly addressing what we also should do. Simply avoiding evil isn’t enough. The Lord asks more of us than to grudgingly adhere to minimal obligations of decent behavior. We must act purposely, continually doing good. The attitudes that precede our actions are just as telling as the acts themselves.
Gentle Teacher, guide me to joyfully live your law of love.