Mark 12:28-34 – The First Commandment
One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, 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.
There are traditions in other faiths that I wish were a part of our own. One in particular is that of the mezuzah. I love the idea of having a reminder of the oneness of God always there as I walk in or walk out. So often I feel like I am in such a hurry to go somewhere that it’s too easy to not think about my primary calling – to proclaim this One and to love this One and to love others as I have first been loved. Something might need to go up on my doorpost.