The gospel we read today gives us an insight into the authority with which Jesus taught. At the end of the passage, Mark tells us that no one dared to question Jesus about anything he had said. Why then do we so often rely on ourselves instead of relying on Jesus?
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 neighbor as yourself.
There is no other commandment greater than these.”
The scribe said to him, “Well said, teacher.
You are right in saying,
He is One and there is no other than he.
And to love him with all your heart,
with all your understanding,
with all your strength,
and to love your neighbor 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.
The scribe who conversed with Jesus was a teacher of the law, one of the privileged sons of Abraham. He could easily have looked down on Jesus as one not having the depth of education and training in the law as he did. After all, one of the scribes’ primary duties was to educate the people on how to interpret the law. Yet he recognized the power of Jesus and had the humility to accept Jesus’ assessment of him.
Do we have the same humility?