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Sermon for Friday after Lent 3 – Br. David Allen

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Mark 12:28-34

In today’s Gospel Reading there is an incident that is unique.  Jesus did something that no one before him had done. He put two commandments together, now known as “The Summary of the Law.” We heard this near the beginning of our Eucharist this morning, just before the Confession.  This incident is also unique because both the scribe and Jesus dealt throughout the whole event in a friendly way.

A scribe had heard some Sadducees disputing with Jesus.  He felt that Jesus had answered them well.  He approached Jesus to ask him this question: “Which commandment is the first of all?”  Jesus replied with the familiar words, “The Lord our God is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.” (Mk. 12:30/Deut. 6:5)  Jesus then added to that, “The second is this, ‘you shall love your neighbor as yourself.  No other commandment is greater than these.”

Mk12:31
Lev. 19:18b

It is by this Summary of the Law that we can love God by loving our neighbor, as well as loving God directly.

This freedom to love God in many ways, by our love and respect shown to one another, and by showing our love to God directly, is affirmed in the 1st letter of John.

We love because [God] first loved us.”

(1 Jn 4:19)  Think about it and pray with it!

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