Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbour as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbour. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
Reflection. Here's an interesting question for us today; namely, how did Paul arrive at his description of this summation of the Law, "Love your neighbour as yourself"? We can't say he read it in the Gospels as they hadn't been written yet! That question might seem one for scholars to ponder, but it is important. Here's my best guess. St Paul knew his Bible well enough to be able to apply it in his daily life. The phrase he quotes comes from Leviticus 19:18 at the of a passage that starts at Leviticus 19:9 about living justly and well. The 'loving neighbour as yourself' phrase sums a discourse which basically says that how we treat ourselves is how we must treat others.
There is another challenge here that can be expressed in various ways. Simply put, am I familiar enough with Holy Scripture? Or, do I know it and love it? Or, do I let it apply itself in my life?
Prayer. Lord Jesus give me a heart for your word. Moreover, give me a love for my neighbour. All that you may be glorified. Amen.