November 4, 2018
Deuteronomy 6: 2-6; Psalm 18; Hebrews 7: 23-28; Mark 12: 28b-34
When Jesus saw
that the scribe answered with understanding,
He said to him,
"You are not
far from the kingdom of God."
began with a promise by John the Baptist that the one who was coming
after him was mightier and would baptize with the Holy Spirit
(1:7-8). The new life Jesus gives is the gift of the Spirit which
enables recipients to fulfill the law of love he has articulated for
the scribe. The scribe is, "not far from the kingdom of God." But he
can only enter it through the gift God gives.
So, we ask
What are the signs in my life that, like the scribe,
I am "not far from the kingdom of God?
Am I a sign of the kingdom of God to others? When
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