“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” 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. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 22:36-40)
The above Bible verses from St. Matthew is one of the most important verses from the Bible and the one that perhaps best describes most eloquently the road to twofold happiness.
Within these short five sentences lies the true path to twofold happiness – happiness in this life as well as happiness in the next life.
Jesus first tells us that the road to happiness in the next life is to love God. This is accomplished through the three theological virtues of Faith, Hope, and Charity. It is through Charity (by way of faith and Hope) that we love God and are awarded happiness in the next life.
Jesus tells us that this is the first and greatest commandment. St. Thomas Aquinas teaches that this happiness with God is the passing perfection of happiness in this life.
So, we have the road to happiness in the next life being found through the graces of Faith, Hope, and Charity. It is through these graces (that each of us must be open to receiving) that we reach the love of God, which is the surpassing perfection of the road to happiness in this life.
But what do the versus above say about the road to happiness in this life?
More to come in the next post!