Jesus replied, “The most important one is Israel, listen! Our God is the one Lord and you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this, You will love your neighbor as yourself.
No other commandment is greater than these.”
God is so big—we are so small; God’s Word is so great—our understanding so little. It is good for us to know that there are places in the Bible that gather the far reaches of God’s mind into little space.
Today’s chapter has three verses that say it all: Can you find them? When you do, recite them slowly as though you are sipping your favorite drink. Take on the refreshment that these verses bring, and the feeling of peace that comes when all the greatness of God is gathered into a tiny space.
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Loving neighbor as myself v. 31
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
This is the tenth of thirteen weeks in the season of Kingdomtide,
autumn in the north. Year B.
Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
The Revised Common Lectionary
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