SUNDAY- 31st WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME –B
Gospel: Mark 12:28-34: This is the first commandment. The second is like this.
I Reading: Deuteronomy 6:2-6: Listen, Israel: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart.
II Reading: Hebrews 7:23-28: Because he remains forever, Christ can never lose his priesthood.
The Question about the Greatest Commandment, Mk 12:28-34
Jesus had met his third group of challengers, the Sadducees. In their minds, His threat to their security remained. He had silenced and routed them. Jesus used the occasion to teach man the greatest provision and duty of human life: love. Love will provide for every need man has; therefore love is the greatest duty of man.
1. A Teacher of the Law approached Jesus (v.28)
a. Observed Jesus’ arguments
b. Posed a test question: Which is the important commandment?
2. The greatest commandment (v.29-31)
a. The Lord our God, The Lord is one
b. The Lord our God is to be loved
c. The Lord our God demands that we love our neighbours as ourselves
3. The great vastness of the commandment (v.32-34)
a. So great it causes honest and thinking men to agree
b. So great it exceeds all offerings and sacrifices
c. So great it almost assurances salvation to those who understand it
Thought: People are to love God supremely and love their neighbours selflessly without any discrimination because all are the children of one God.