“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.”
Thursday, 04 June 2020
2 Timothy 2:8-15; Psalm 24(25):4-14; Mark 12:28-34.
Today’s Gospel offers us both an insight into Jesus’ attitude and summary to faith itself. Love God, love neighbour, love self. The rest is commentary. This is the core of Jesus’ teaching – and, commentators tell us, all the summation of the Jewish law. (Some think this may even have been the thinking of Rabbi Hillel, a prominent scholar who was contemporaneous with Jesus).
Nothing new, nothing special. Simple! But learning how to apply it is a life’s task. That is why Jesus tells the young man that he is not far from the reign of God. And that is our challenge too. Knowing the basics of faith and ethics is good; believing it – as the young man clearly does – is better; putting it into practice is best.
We often also get caught up in the intricacies and debates about how we live it all out in practice. Perhaps like me, we start getting caught up in questions as to the specifics. That is an excellent intellectual exercise and may well be important as we try to put faith into practice. But sometimes the questions become more important than the challenge to live.