October 31, 2021

Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost

  • First reading and Psalm
    • Ruth 1:1-18
    • Psalm 146
  • Alternate First reading and Psalm
    • Deuteronomy 6:1-9
    • Psalm 119:1-8
  • Second reading
    • Hebrews 9:11-14
  • Gospel
    • Mark 12:28-34

The gospel from Mark:
One of the scribes came near the disciples and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that Jesus answered them well, he asked him,

“Which commandment is the first of all?” Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; 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 neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Thou Shalt Love the Lord Thy God… .
Schnell, Sister Maurice, 1839-1902
Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries
Vanderbilt University

Then the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that ‘he is one, and besides him there is no other’; and ‘to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength,’ and ‘to love one’s neighbor as oneself,’ –this is much more important than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

When 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.

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