Thursday 8th of June

“You are not far from the kingdom of God”

Mark 12:28-34 

The scribe in today’s reading saw how well Jesus had answered others questions, and asked ‘which is the greatest commandment’? Unlike the other questioners, he was genuinely seeking the truth, shown by his answering with wisdom and understanding.

Jesus teaches that the two most important commandments are about love, not rules. To love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love our neighbour as ourself. Do I view my faith as being about these things Jesus commands, or about rules? Although the rules of our faith are important and have their place, we too need to check our intentions and ensure our following of Jesus is right ordered around the greatest commandments. Jesus affirms those who seek the truth with sincerity. Today, we can ask Jesus, am I seeking the truth and following these commandments? How can I put love as the highest priority?

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