Love Talk

The greatest commandments are to love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength and to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. Let us be honest: This is easier said than done. Jesus is calling you and me to embody and live out what it means to be a beloved community, but how can we make this a reality, given this country’s history? Due to the history of harm that has been done?

In the base camp of our church community, near and far, we will continue our series on the Gospel of Mark. We will explore spiritual practices, keep the gift of the Sabbath, learn sacred stories, sing, pray, reflect, refuel, and revive our sense of reverence!

SCRIPTURE: Mark 12:28-34 (NRSVUE)

28 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?” 29 Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; 30 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.’ 31 The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” 32 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’; 33 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.” 34 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.