Mark 12:28-34 (NIV)
The Greatest Commandment
28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” 29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”32 “Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. 33 To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” 34 When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions.
One more question, the final answer. Jesus is asked what is the greatest commandment and this time he does not answer the question with a question. He gives an answer that cannot be challenged, and it is so well stated that the writer of the gospel notes that “no one dared ask him anymore questions. “
We are called to love God and love our neighbour. Sounds easy but it is not. We love to love those that love us. Jesus calls us to go beyond that and he showed us how it was done. He loved those who did not love him. He gave them answer to how life is to be lived, and he showed them how in his own life.
Do we show demonstrate how we should live by what we say and do?
Lord, we thank you that Jesus spoke plainly that day what it means to live according to your plan for us. We are to acknowledge who you are and in so doing, be moved to care for all we live life with and beyond. You care for this whole world which we learn each day is bigger and bigger and yet you see the sparrow fall, Lead us to care in your way for we ask this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.