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The Greatest Commandment

Edge Night Outline

Goal of this Night

The goal of this Edge Night is to show that God is first and foremost commanding us to love Him and make Him the center of our lives. Our love of others and of ourselves will flow correctly when we keep God first in our lives.

About this night

All of the laws and all of the prophets hang on what we call the Greatest Commandment – and the Greatest Commandment centers around making God the center of our lives. If we truly love God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength then our lives will be correctly ordered. What Jesus was saying when He said this was the Greatest Commandment is that if we love God, then we will want to follow His other commands – we will want to attend Mass each week, we will keep God’s name sacred, and we will love God more than we want what other people have. God wants to be the top priority in our lives, and He wants us to say yes to Him with our entire being.

Honing in on this idea of having God as the top priority of our lives, we will start out by listing the things that we love – paring these down with our small groups to a top ten list. After this first small group time, there is an opportunity to talk about what we love – and how we sometimes have our lives out of order. The Proclaim will flow from this idea as it focuses in on God as a jealous God who wants to be our top priority. In the Break, the youth will take this to a practical level when they schedule out their days so they can see where they spend their time – and how they can fit in more time for God in their daily lives. The Send will reflect upon loving with our whole heart, whole soul, whole mind, and whole strength.

Parental Notice

During tonight’s Edge Session, we discussed the “Greatest Commandment,” which tells us to love God with our whole heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love our neighbor as our self. To help the youth understand what it really means to love with our whole heart, mind, soul and strength, we talked about things that we love, things that we spend our time on, and how these show us our priorities and what is really important to us. God wants to be our top priority, and He wants us to say yes to Him in the ways we choose to use our time and the ways we treat those around us.

Some ideas for discussion for the ride home could be:

  1. What are some things that you seem to spend a lot of time on?
  2. What is one way you can say yes to God the rest of this week?
  3. How can we as a family make God more of a priority?

Environment

The background should be a normal middle school youth’s bedroom, complete with unmade bed, TV with video game system, disheveled desk with an iPod, computer, and cell phone. The idea is to show the “world” that the average youth may live in – all the things we are surrounded with – and these things may keep us from putting God at the center of our lives.

Supplies List

• Markers/crayons

• Blank paper

• Poster board

• Handout A: “Each Day”

• Pens

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