Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ B

Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone! –Mark 12:29

As we read these passages, we could really identify with the scribe in today’s Sunday Gospel reading. The scribe’s question relates quite well to our own experiences. Instead of just saying all of his commandments are equally important, Jesus answers the scribe by first emphasizing that God is God alone and without equal. Therefore, we should love and serve God with all of our being. Jesus shows that we are called to direct our whole lives to God, which includes our actions and choices. As a result, we should view the rest of Jesus’ teachings as helping us to love and come closer to God.

You shall love your neighbor as yourself. - Mark 12:31

Jesus then points out that we are to love our neighbor as ourselves. Make note that when Jesus talks about ‘neighbor’ it is not only the one living next-door, but also the sick and suffering, poor and powerless, lonely and forsaken, widows and widowers and elderly. We are called to show God’s unceasing love for all people, which enables us to more fully see God’s presence in the world. In loving God in one another, we find the ultimate meaning and purpose of the gift of faith and life. Let us all do as God does, not wait to be loved, but be the first to love.


By:  Deacon Romeo Ganibe