Readings: Mark 12:28-34 and Matthew 25:31-46
During this week, Jesus taught for hours inside the Temple. He was both confrontational (with the Temple leaders) and compassionate (with the crowds). His desire was to show average people what it meant to love God. When a teacher asked Him what was most important, He recited the ancient creed of Israel from Deuteronomy 6:5 that we should love God exhaustively. But then He included his own addition from Leviticus 19:18 that we should love our neighbor with equal strength. The teacher agreed: This is worth more than all the sacrifices made at the Temple. And Jesus complimented him. The next night Jesus would say the same thing to His closest disciples: "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another" (John 13:34 NIV). For Jesus, how we love is as important as the faith we hold.