There are 613 traditional Jewish commandments. When Jesus was asked which is the greatest he summed the laws up with two commandments.

36 “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” 37 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.’ 38 This is the greatest and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” Matthew 22: 36-39

If we love God with our heart, soul and mind will we not love what God loves? If we love our neighbor as ourselves will we not care about air and water quality and soil conditions for healthy food?

Prayer of Confession (from The United Methodist Hymnal)

Merciful God, we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart.  We have failed to be an obedient church.  We have not done your will, we have broken your law, we have rebelled against your love, we have not loved our neighbors, and we have not heard the cry of the needy.  Forgive us, we pray.  Free us for joyful obedience, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

 

 

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