sacrifice.” Jesus approved this answer and said, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that, no one dared to ask him any more questions.
Read: Keep the commandments of the Lord and the commandments will keep you. Jesusdeclares the equivalency of loving God and loving neighbor. Jesus, the unblemished sacrificial lamb, is the priestly meeting ground of the love-triad: God, neighbor, and I.
Reflect: “You are not far from the Kingdom of God,” said Jesus to the lawyer who upheld the equivalency of love of God and neighbor. But there is a catch in the sentence: being not far only implies being close enough; it is no guarantee that one is definitively within the Kingdom. What would move the lawyer – and us – from within the proximity to within the boundaries of the Kingdom? If knowing the greatest commandment with its equivalent love of God and neighbor takes us close to the Kingdom, it is doing the commandment that will move us in.
Pray: Ask God for the wisdom to know the commandments and the courage to do the same.
Act: Do an examination of conscience today. Where do you stand in relation to doing the commandments?
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