Sometimes we think that our faith is all feeling. We get caught up with the reality of the sacrifice of Jesus, and how grateful we feel. But there is much more. As we read in today’s gospel passage from the gospel of Mark, Jesus specifically instructs us to love the Lord with all of our understanding.
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.
How can we enhance our understanding of the Lord? Perhaps the best way is to read spiritual books, books that help us to learn about the theology of the faith, and, of course, a dedicated study of the scriptures.
If we understand our faith we will enhance our love for the Lord!