Posted on February 23, 2021 / Matters
A reading from the Bible,
The Greatest Commandment
Matthew chapter 22
An expert in the law, tested Jesus with this question: “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 neighbour as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Did you know the Greeks have many words to describe the different kinds of love you can experience?
Greeks had not just one word for love but many. For example:
- Philia: describes love of friends and equals
- Storge: love of parents for children
- Agape: love of humankind
In the original text in koine Greek the word for love used here for the two great commandments is agape. In Greek – agape was considered the highest form of love – unconditional love.
If I was to ask you what you know about Jesus, chances are you would tell me something he did, like ‘walking on water’ or ‘healing people’. You would have been far less likely to tell me something he said. Jesus in his life through his actions personified agape – unconditional love for all he met. With Valentine’s day just passed, we challenged our students to consider how they can embody our school motto, ‘Deeds not words’ showing love through actions.