"All You Need Is Love"

Theme: Love God -- Love Others - Proper 25 (30)
Object: A song book with some love songs.
Scripture: "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" Matthew 22:36-39 (NIV)

I don't know for sure, but I think that there have probably been more songs written about love than just about anything else in the world. Here is a list of some of my favorites: "Love Makes the World Go Round," "Love and Marriage," and "When I Fall in Love," and oh, I almost forgot one of my favorites! Barney's "I Love You" song. You know that one, don't you? (Sing it, if you can. It is sung to the tune of "This Old Man.")

I love you, You love me
We are one big family
With a great big hug and a kiss from me to you
Won't you say you love me too
(Lyrics by Lee Bernstein BMI)

Well, I guess that shows how up to date I am! Barney was long ago replaced by SpongeBob SquarePants. In fact, SpongeBob is probably out of date by now, but I know one thing that never goes out of style, and that is love. As much as ever, "What the World Needs Now Is Love."

One day a lawyer asked Jesus, "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment?" Do you remember how many commandments there are? There are ten, aren't there? Well, there were ten on the tablets of stone that God gave to Moses, but the Jews actually had 613 laws. There were 248 do's and 365 don'ts. Wow! That is a lot of do's and don'ts isn't it? Can you imagine trying to remember all of that? I don't think we need to. Listen to what Jesus said to the lawyer.

Jesus answered, "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind,' this is the greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."  In other words, Jesus was saying that if we could keep these two commandments, we would not have any trouble keeping the others.

You know, that reminds me of another love song, "All You Need Is Love." Let's pray and ask God to help us to love as we ought.

Dear Father, help us to love you with all of our heart and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. Amen.

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