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Mark 12:28-34

Next Exit, The Kingdom of God

One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another [Jesus and the Sadducees], and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, "Which commandment is the first of all?"

Jesus answered, "The first is, `Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and 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."

Then the scribe said to him, "You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that `he is one, and besides him there is no other'; and `to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength,' and `to love one's neighbor as oneself,' --this is much more important than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices."

When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God."

After that no one dared to ask him any question.

Love God and Your Neighbor as Yourself

Cartoon Cool Stuff

Jesus profoundly mixes two separate commandments, winning the admiration of this scribe and the respect of the other present (since no one dared ask him any more questions). His synthesis is original, yet captures the essence of Jewish monotheism and law. In addition, Jesus' definition of neighbor (recall the parable of the Good Samaritan) extends these commandments to all people. May we understand that love of God does not exist without the love for others.

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