If any human ability can be said to manifest the power of God, it is our ability to speak. When we speak words, there are only two possibilities: 1. That we are saying something informed and useful, meaning we teach something, or, 2. That our speech is uninformed and unhelpful, and therefore, destructive. For the biblical tradition, there is no middle ground on this point. When you speak, you are responsible for teaching; moreover, in the sight of God, when you teach, you had better know what you are talking about.
That is why, in Mathew, the love of God’s law precedes the love of neighbor.
Richard and Fr. Marc discuss Matthew 22:34-40.
Episode 359 Matthew 22:34-40; Music:
Greko (Sketch) by Kevin MacLeod