For 12 March 2021, Friday of the 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 Jesus answered them well, he asked him, â€˜Which commandment is the first of all?â€™ Jesus answered, â€˜The first is, â€œHear, 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€œYou shall love your neighbour as yourself.â€ There is no other commandment greater than these.â€™ Then the scribe said to him, â€˜You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that â€œhe is one, and besides him there is no otherâ€; and â€œto love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strengthâ€, and â€œto love oneâ€™s neighbour as oneselfâ€,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€˜You 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.