Faith Daily | 12 March 2021

PRAYER of the WEEK Lent Three

Lord God, our Redeemer,

who heard the cry of your people

and sent your servant Moses to lead them out of slavery:

free us from the tyranny of sin and death

and, by the leading of your Spirit,

bring us to our promised land;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen APBA p486

GOSPEL for the Day: Mark 12: 28-34

28One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” 29Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; 30you 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.’ 31The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” 32Then the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that ‘he is one, and besides him there is no other’; 33and ‘to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength,’ and ‘to love one’s neighbour as oneself,’ —this is much more important than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” 34When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” After that no one dared to ask him any question.

GOSPEL Reflection: Contributed by Meredith Nicholls

This teacher or scribe is a happy exception to the rule in that he comes to Jesus because he has seen that Jesus answered his opponents well and he is not trying to trap Jesus. He seems to be asking an honest question.

The Jews refer to the words “Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one” as the ‘Shema’.

This means to ‘hear’ and comes from Deuteronomy 6: 4-5. The Shema became the Jewish confession of faith, recited every morning and evening by the pious. Today it begins every synagogue service. It is also one of the scriptures kept in phylacteries (small leather box worn on the arm or head by Jewish Orthodox men) and the mezzuzah’s (a container put on the doorpost of one’s house) - both as constant reminders.

In reciting the Shema Jesus goes to the Torah, the heart of the Jewish faith and practice.

The commandment to love one’s neighbour is from Leviticus 19: 18. In both these commandments Jesus is teaching us a self-less love. This is to live as God intended us to live in relationship with Him, with all of creation and with every person – all whom God has created in His own image.


FINAL PRAYER: “Bread of Tomorrow” Christopher Duraisingh

Help us to follow you, Christ, on the road to Jerusalem,

to set our faces firmly against friendly suggestions

to live a safe, expedient life;

to embrace boldly the way of self-offering….

Jesus, our brother, help us to follow you.

Help us to follow you into the place of quiet retreat,

to intercede for the confused, the despairing, the anxiety-driven,

to prepare ourselves for costly service.

Jesus, our brother, help us to follow you.

Help us to follow you even to the cross…

to see our hope in your self-spending love;

to die to all within us not born of your love.

Jesus, our brother, help us to follow you.

Help us to follow you out of the dark tomb;

to share daily in your resurrection life,

to be renewed daily in your image of love,

to serve daily as your new body

being broken for your world.

Jesus, our brother, help us to follow you.


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