Gospel for the Thirty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time—Mark 12:28b-34
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 like 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, and 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.
- What is the challenge in this conversation for you?
- Talk with Jesus about this.
- What is Jesus’ response to you as you move into living this day addressing your challenge?
Heritage word–“Seeking God with our whole being urges us to ‘rend our hearts’ from anything that may block the transforming action of God.”
(Sister Anne Mary, 11thProvincial of the Toledo Province)