From today’s Gospel:
“Which is the first of all the commandments?”
Jesus replied, “The first is this:
Hear, O Israel!
The Lord our God is Lord alone!
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul,
with all your mind,
and with all your strength.
The second is this:
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
There is no other commandment greater than these.”
That seems to be pretty clear. The greatest commandment is to love God and the second-greatest is to love your neighbor. So, why do we have such a hard time with this? I wish I had a really great answer. But people way smarter than I am have been trying to answer this question for centuries.
Clearly Jesus made an impression when He gave this answer to the scribe. The passage ends:
And no one dared to ask him any more questions.
For once He was able to shut down His critics. As we know they will be back, but on this day Jesus had the last word.