Not Easy

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

Matthew 22:37b-40

Many of the teachings, sayings and commandments of Jesus I find fall into one very large category:  “Simple, but not easy.”   The scripture quote above, which comes from the Gospel lesson appointed for today’s service of Holy Eucharist certainly falls into this category.


I try very hard to do both of these two “Great Commandments,” but often I find myself coming up short.  I take the Lord’s name in vain, I get annoyed with the person at the self-serve checkout at the grocery store who can’t figure out how to scan the item they are wishing to purchase…or a hundred other little ways that I fail to live into these two simple, but not easy commandments.  Yet I know that God is there, even in those moments of failure rooting me on, to keep trying, to become more than I am in that moment of missing the mark.


Where are the times that Jesus is calling you to do the hard work of following these two Great Commandments?  How will you respond to the simple but not easy of loving God fully and loving your neighbor as yourself?


In Christ,


About matthewhanisian

Associate Rector at St. Alban's Episcopal Church, Washington, D.C.
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4 Responses to Not Easy

  1. You love God by keeping the Commandments, also of Jesus, for He has many Commandments. And you love your neighbor by thinking of being in their shoes and how you’d like it, and trying to be very tender and kind to them, and offering them what they need, even if you have nothing.

  2. Susan says:

    Thank you for this reminder!!!

  3. Anton Vanterpool II says:

    It’s not easy to be intentionally inconvienced. Not easy but not impossible on earth as it is in heaven.

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