“The word of God is not chained. If we have died with him, we shall also live with him.”
A reading from the second Letter of Timothy (2 Timothy 2:8-15)
Beloved: Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descended from David, as preached in my gospel, the gospel for which I am suffering and wearing chains like a criminal. But the word of God is not chained. Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which in Christ Jesus goes with eternal glory. The saying is sure: if we have died with him, we shall also live with him; if we endure, we shall also reign with him, if we deny him, he also will deny us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful –for he cannot deny himself. Remind them of this, and charge them before the Lord to avoid disputing about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers. Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
The word of the Lord.
RESPONSORIAL PSALM Psalm 25 : 4-5ab.8-9.7-10 and 14(R. 4a)
R/. O Lord, make me know your ways.
O Lord, make me know your ways
Teach me your path
Guide me in your truth, and teach me;
For you are the God of my salvation. R.
Good and upright is the Lord;
He shows the way to sinners.
He guides the humble in right judgment;
To the humble he teaches his way. R.
All the Lord’s paths are
Mercy and faithfulness,
For those who keep his covenant
The Lord’s secret is for those who fear him;
To them he reveals his covenant. R.
ALLELUIA 2 Timothy 1:10
Alleluia. Our Saviour Christ Jesus abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel. Alleluia.
“There is no other commandment greater than these.”
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark (Mark 12:28b-34)
At that time: One of the scribes came up and asked Jesus, “Which commandment is the first of all?” Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one; and you 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.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself. ’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that he is one, and there is no other but he; and 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, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that no one dared to ask him any question.
The Gospel of the Lord.
Jesus, in today’s gospel, is asked which of the six hundred and thirteen precepts of the Old Testament is the greatest commandment. by quoting Deuteronomy 6:4-5, he answers that the first commandment is: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength,” and by quoting Leviticus 19:18, he answers that the second commandment is: “You shall love your neighbour as yourself”. God requires from us only love and that’s the only commandment that he give us. When we love God and neighbour through obedience, charity and prayer, love becomes a reality. We need to pray that we may be enabled to love God not moderately but with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength.