Lent 3, Monday, Year A

Inspired by 2 John 1-13

“I was overjoyed to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we have been commanded by the Father.  But now, dear lady, I ask you, not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but one we have had from the beginning, let us love one another.  And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment just as you have heard it from the beginning—you must walk in it.”  2 John 4-6 (NRSV)

Much has changed in the millennia since God’s commandments were first received and passed on.  Languages have changed, cultures have changed, societal norms have changed, values have changed, and priorities have changed.

But the word of God has not changed.

From the very beginning, every commandment God has given us has boiled down to the same thing: love one another.  Every culturally conditioned law regarding roles and responsibilities, property, and behavior was given with the goal that everyone be treated justly and compassionately.  While those cultures have changed so that specific laws may no longer apply, God’s objective of justice and compassion has not changed.

As we strive to determine his will for our lives (individual and societal) today, let us remember that first commandment: that we love one another.  Let our every law, every value, every priority reflect that love, and we can be sure that we are walking in his ways.

Let us pray.  Eternal God, your steadfast love transcends time and place.  Help us to follow your commandment, that all may know your love.  Through Christ our Lord, Amen.