Love Is the Most Ancient Law

Love Is the Most Ancient LawImage: Love Is the Most Ancient Law © Jan Richardson

Reading from the Gospels, Year A, Proper 25/Ordinary 30/Pentecost +20: Matthew 22.34-46

Jesus 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.”
– Matthew 22.37-38

Love Is the Most Ancient Law
A Blessing

Open to it
and you will know
how love is
its own blessing
and most ancient
of laws.

Pursue it
with everything
in you—
your heart
your soul
your mind

Spend it
this love
so generous
this love
that goes out
to each
it finds
this love
that gives itself
in lavish and
unimagined measure
everywhere and
to all—

not least.

For previous reflections on this gospel passage, visit Crossing the Country, Thinking of Love and Heart of the Matter.

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6 Responses to “Love Is the Most Ancient Law”

  1. Jim McWhinnie Says:

    Your opened soul opens so many others.

    jim and Barnabas (caw)

    • Jan Richardson Says:

      Jim, thank you and bless you. I am so grateful for your own soul and for your writing that is such a blessing to me.

      I think I spotted Barnabas the other day!

  2. Maureen Says:

    Gorgeous painting and moving blessing, Jan.

  3. Susan Says:

    This image ministers to my soul. So filled with power and grace. Bless you, Jan.

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