5 Jun 2008
2 Timothy 2:8-15
Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, a descendant of Davidâ€”that is my gospel, for which I suffer hardship, even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But the word of God is not chained. Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, so that they may also obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. The saying is sure: If we have died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he will also deny us; if we are faithless, he remains faithfulâ€” for he cannot deny himself.
Remind them of this, and warn them before God that they are to avoid wrangling over words, which does no good but only ruins those who are listening. Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved by him, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly explaining the word of truth.
One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, â€œWhich commandment is the first of all?â€ Jesus answered, â€œThe first is, â€˜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.â€™ The second is this, â€˜You shall love your neighbor as yourself.â€™ There is no other commandment greater than these.â€ Then the scribe said to him, â€œYou are right, Teacher; you have truly said that â€˜he is one, and besides him there is no otherâ€™; and â€˜to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength,â€™ and â€˜to love oneâ€™s neighbor as oneself,â€™ â€”this is much more important than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.â€ When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, â€œYou are not far from the kingdom of God.â€ After that no one dared to ask him any question.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.