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Mark 12:28-34

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One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that Jesus answered them well, he asked him, "Which commandment is the first of all?" Jesus answered, "The first is, 'Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.' The second is this, 'You shall love your neighbour as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these." Then the scribe said to him, "You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that 'he is one, and besides him there is no other'; and 'to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength,' and 'to love one's neighbour as oneself,' --this is much more important than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices." When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God." After that no one dared to ask him any question.

Mark 12:28-34
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    • We should love God because we are already limitlessly loved by him. Jesus lives out the first commandment in a passionate way by the quality of his response to his Father’s love. If my response is lukewarm, it is because I am not sufficiently aware of God’s love for me.
    • If we don’t sufficiently accept and love ourselves, we can never really enter into communion with others and with God. Was this what St Augustine was getting at when he cried to God, ‘And look, you were within me and I was outside, and there I sought for you”? I need to find the God who is within, hidden in the depths of my heart.
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    • Lord, with what affection and regard you answered this scribe. Unlike others scribes, he was seeking wisdom, not an argument. He relished Jesus' answer, and placed it in the context of the Scriptures. Jesus rewarded him with that grave compliment: /You are not far from the kingdom of God./ Could you say it to me, Lord? Is my search as serious as that scribe's?
    • We touch here the heart of religion and in prayer we enter into that space, and listen. At the heart of our openness to God and our desire to do God's will, we hear that there is one great commandment of love - to love God and love the neighbour. Long believed by the Jewish people but often clouded in regulations and minute laws, Jesus is offering his path to true faith in God, through love. He will later give his specific nuances and tones to that love in its treatment of our enemy and our hope to forgive.
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    • Lord, with what affection and regard you answered this scribe. Unlike others scribes, he was seeking wisdom, not an argument. He relished Jesus' answer, and placed it in the context of the Scriptures. Jesus rewarded him with that grave compliment: /You are not far from the kingdom of God./ Could you say it to me, Lord? Is my search as serious as that scribe's?
    • We touch here the heart of religion and in prayer we enter into that space, and listen. At the heart of our openness to God and our desire to do God's will, we hear that there is one great commandment of love - to love God and love the neighbour. Long believed by the Jewish people but often clouded in regulations and minute laws, Jesus is offering his path to true faith in God, through love. He will later give his specific nuances and tones to that love in its treatment of our enemy and our hope to forgive.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • Lord, with what affection and regard you answered this scribe. Unlike others scribes, he was seeking wisdom, not an argument. He relished Jesus' answer, and placed it in the context of the Scriptures. Jesus rewarded him with that grave compliment: /You are not far from the kingdom of God./ Could you say it to me, Lord? Is my search as serious as that scribe's?
    • We touch here the heart of religion and in prayer we enter into that space, and listen. At the heart of our openness to God and our desire to do God's will, we hear that there is one great commandment of love - to love God and love the neighbour. Long believed by the Jewish people but often clouded in regulations and minute laws, Jesus is offering his path to true faith in God, through love. He will later give his specific nuances and tones to that love in its treatment of our enemy and our hope to forgive.