40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
40 Verse 40. On these two-hang all the law and the prophets.]
They are like the first and last links of a chain, all the
intermediate ones depend on them. True religion begins and ends
in love to God and man. These are the two grand links that unite
God to man, man to his fellows, and men again to God.
Love is the fulfilling of the law, says St. Paul, ; for
he who has the love of God in him delights to obey the Divine
precepts, and to do all manner of kindness to men for God's sake.