October 5, 2015
The good news for today
A “scholar of the torah-law” asks Jesus, “Professor, what do I have to do for me to earn permanent life?” Jesus said to him, “What is written in the torah-law? How do you read it?” He said in reply, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, for all your life, using all your might, and with your whole mind—and your neighbor as yourself.” He replied to him, “You have given the right answer: do this and you will live.” But because he wished to be right within himself, he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” (Luke 10)
Following Jesus means loving your Father and your neighbor.
Let’s consider the “scholar” as you—or anybody who “gets it”: that Jesus is offering “permanent” Life—more than drifting through time. You would share the common Jewish view that a soul does not “live” after death in “heaven.” You believe, however, that living—Being Alive! Being Alert! Being Awake! —was the point Jesus was offering.
Jesus tells you—“Just do it right. You know the law.” Choose to love your time, your world and people our Father has provided you. Love with your heart—decide to be appreciative. Love with your soul—the lifetime given you. Love with all your strength—care passionately not half-heartedly. Love with your mind—accept God’s truth, stay curious, and don’t rationalize, don’t deny what is real, or buy into ideologies. That’s LIVING
The Good News is that you are the Good Samaritan (that story follows this conversation). You love your Father in seeing your brother or sister in need, and doing something about it. You appreciate needy people in your world, use your gifts to help, care—and you don’t reject someone different from you.