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Our Jewish brothers and sisters refer to it as the "she-ma", the centerpiece of morning and evening prayers that states, "love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength."
We hear it in this week's first reading from Deuteronomy and we should understand that it is much more than a statement of faith. It is a directive to us on "loving" – describing love as an action, a way of living with one another and relating to God.
The reading tells us that God gives us commandments to enhance our lives as individuals and as communities, not to punish or inhibit us.
In other words, He gave us the commandments because He loves us, and wants us to experience the happiness of a good life and to share in His incredible love.
So, let us love God and one another, with all our heart, soul and strength.