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Julia Downey Davis

READ : Mark 12:18-34

Then the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher … this is much more important than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” (vv. 32-33)

The Jewish system of religious law contained over six hundred different ordinances specifying in great detail the handling of everyday activities. Explicit directions legislated everything from cooking and hand washing to atoning for personal and corporate sin. With these laws in mind, first the Sadducees, and then a scribe, approached Jesus to ask questions. The Sadducees – more concerned with tricking Jesus than seeking truth – asked a phony question tied up in an elaborate hypothetical case. Can you imagine the confusion of the listening bystanders?

The scribe simply asked Jesus which of the many commandments was most important. Jesus gave a clear answer to his honest question: “you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength” and “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

We have opportunities to share God’s truth with others. Do we speak it in a straightforward, understandable way, or are we more concerned with sounding theologically astute? At the Chicago Botanic Garden, a special section called the Buehler Enabling Garden is designed to make gardening more accessible to people with physical limitations. Similarly, we can choose to speak God’s truth in ways that enable others to access it.


Lord, help me clearly share the good news of your truth with others.