October 31 2021 Gospel Reading and Reflection: Mark 12:28B-34

A reading from the gospel according to Mark 12:28B-34

28B One of the scribes came to Jesus and asked him, “Which is the first of all the commandments?”
29 Jesus replied, “The first is this: Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone!
30 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul,
with all your mind, and with all your strength.
31 The second is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.”
32 The scribe said to him, “Well said, teacher. You are right in saying, ‘He is One and there is no other than he.’
33 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.”
34 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.

Reflection: Love and the Kingdom of God

Jesus summarizes the whole law and whole bible into one word: love. If we have it, nothing more is needed. If we don’t have it, everything is lost.

To love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength is to always remember Him and to do his will every moment of our life. We show fondness of Him by having constant conversation with Him through prayers, singing praises, reading the scriptures and maintaining a joyful attitude all the time.

To love others as we love ourselves means to treat them as we treat ourselves, to take care of them as we take care of ourselves and to work for their growth even we work for our own.

Understanding the real meaning of Love brings us near the Kingdom of God but having love in our heart brings us into the Kingdom of God.

Gospel Reading and Reflection for October 31, 2021
Gospel Reading and Reflection for October 31, 2021

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