Friday, 28 March 2014

Not far



Mark 12:32-34
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.

Silenced
by startling truth
The truth
that practising love
is more important
than all else
For loving God
with heart, soul and strength
must overflow
into love of neighbour.
This stark fact
requires no interpretation
no explanation
It requires no tweaking
It simply is.
Not easy to live up to
Demanding.
But the most important thing
in all the world.
Loving God
Loving neighbour
Which part of that
do we fail to understand
leaving us far
from the kingdom?

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