Sunday October 31

Gospel of Mark 12:28b–34

Love the Lord your God. Love your neighbour.

One of the scribes came to Jesus and asked him, “Which is the first of all the commandments?” Jesus replied, “The first is this: Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, 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.” The scribe said to him, “Well said, teacher. You are right in saying, ‘God is One and there is no other than God.’ And ‘to love him with all your heart, with all your understanding, with all your strength, and to love your neighbour as yourself’ is worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” And when Jesus saw that he answered with understanding, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And no one dared to ask him any more questions.

I am drawn to Jesus words –

You shall love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. 

As I contemplate this Gospel. I feel drawn to the clarity of purpose Jesus offers here in leadership.

If I really understand and live this commandment, it sets a right ordering of things in my life and the world. My self interest dissolves – ego is out of the way and justice prevails.

It makes sense that the very next step Jesus offers in this Gospel is how to respond with loving justice – he offers perfect clarity –

this is at one with offering love to my neighbour.

In prayer, I hope to join with others and grow ever deeper in love of God and neighbour. I hope and pray that this love extends to all the human family and creation particularly in response to the cry of the earth and cry of the poor in our beautiful but troubled world.