Love the Lord

So often when we hear today’s gospel passage from Mark we focus on the command to love our neighbor. Perhaps we do so because we can see our neighbor in the physical world we live in.  Yet Jesus is absolutely adamant that the primary commandment for us is to love the Lord our God.  We are told to love the Lord above all things with our whole heart, soul, strength and mind.  Do we understand that commandment?

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.

Love the Lord.

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One Response to Love the Lord

  1. Lee Surkin says:

    God is not some lesser employee, as many try to make Him out to be: rather He is the ultimate Treasure. He works in people; He works on a people; He works through people; He works around people. Know that He does far more than simply work for people. And yet, even as He Himself needs no one else, everyone else is ever in need of Him. In the men and women before us who were called to sainthood, were not called saints because of the way they died, or because of their visions or wondrous deeds, but because of their extraordinary capacity for the love and goodness, which reminded others of the love of God!

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