Today’s Gospel Reading: Mark 12:28-34 – NINTH WEEK OF THE YEAR: Thursday, 7 June 2018
A teacher of the Law approaches Jesus with a typically academic question about the greatest of the commandments. Jesus responds by quoting the Book of Deuteronomy’s demand for total love of God. He couples it with a command from Leviticus to love our neighbor as ourselves.
The distinctively Christian approach to the law and moral living is to place these two commands on an equal plane. They are not identical but equivalent. Distortion from the Christian model occurs when we emphasize one over the other. Maintaining that equilibrium, however, is not easy. It is the function of prophets to recall us when we break the balance.
To maintain the tension between the two great commandments in our own lives is not easy. It requires regular self-examination.
Jakarta, 7 June 2018
A Christian Pilgrim