‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. And you must love your neighbour as yourself.’

But having said that, all those other laws which the Pharisees were able to follow weren’t in vain. For these laws helped to create the historical context in which the Son of God could become incarnate and redeem the world.

Now that this has been accomplished in Jesus Christ, the Law of Moses has been brought to its fulfilment. Thus, our redemption in Jesus Christ means that we can now live lives that are pleasing to God. This means that through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, we are now capable of truly loving God and of loving our neighbour as ourselves. Ultimately, all the laws of the Church are there to guide our lives in the ways of loving God and neighbour.