When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them this question: “What do you think of the Messiah? Whose son is he?” They said to him, “The son of David.” He said to them, “How is it then that David by the Spirit calls him Lord, saying, ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet”’? If David thus calls him Lord, how can he be his son?” No one was able to give him an answer, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.
Food for Thought:
When I read this passage of Scripture, I think of Pharisees and how they got mired in the details of the law. They spent way too much time focusing on the law instead of focusing on what it meant to be in relationship with one another. For those of you who know me, I am a detail kind of person. I am like the Pharisees in the sense that I can get focused on the smallest of details and miss out on the BIG PICTURE. Over the years, I have taught myself how to let go of the small things and focus on the big things. It is hard-wired into my personality so I have to catch myself sometimes saying, “Gena, don’t be like the Pharisees. Think BIG.” I think it is an all too human tendency to focus on our little world and to ignore that is outside of our realm. I think the Biblical narrative tells us over and over again the danger in doing this. I think we are supposed to look outside of our little area and to see the world as our realm to transform. John Wesley, one of my favorite people ever, made this statement, “I see the world as my parish.” In other words, he felt that the whole world was meant to hear the message of love and transformation which comes through our relationship with Christ. Today, expand your world a little bit and reach out to someone that you would not normally reach out to. THINK BIG PICTURE.
Almighty God, your Son has shown us how to love one another. May our love for you overflow into joyous service and be a healing witness to our neighbors through Jesus Christ our Lord. In your precious name we pray, Amen.