For 8 March 2013, Friday of Third Week of Lent, based on Mark 12:28-34
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 more questions.
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.