Feast and Faith: The Greatest Commandments, Ages 11-18 (10/29/17)
For this week’s dinner discussion, we are talking about the two greatest commandments that God gave us. Below is a prayer with which to start your meal and then discussion questions to explore this topic with your family while you eat.
Prayer - Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(Book of Common Prayer Proper 25)
Discussion – In Matthew 22:34-40, Jesus reminds us of the two great commandments. “And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind… And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
- Which of the greatest commandments do you think is easier to follow? Why?
- What words could we use in place of love in the greatest commandments?
- Is God’s love different from ours? Explain.
- What does it mean to love God with all your heart, soul, and mind?
- When is it easy to love God? When is it difficult?
Final nugget – Sometimes, it feels like the Bible is just filled with a lot of rules and scary things, but Jesus tries to remind us time and time again that the root of everything is love. This Gospel story really drives home how important love is. He came here to show each one of us just how much he loves us and he loves us so much that he was willing to die for our sings so we can live with Him forever.