Friday: March 20, 2020
Mark 12:31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
In the news today, reports have emerged of many young and healthy people disregarding calls to stay away from crowds. This situation has not gone down well with concerned governments as well as the many who are vulnerable and more susceptible in society. Hence, many legal precedents have being drawn upon to enforce those measures. A key question that emerges is ‘where is the love and compassion?’
Today’s text draws our minds to a truth we seem to forget every now and then: that it is not just about us. The easier option is to always say ‘me first’, but Jesus invites us to a higher dimension which suggests an elevation of everybody else to the same plane we are on: ‘to love our neighbour as ourself’.
It’s sometimes really worrying that it takes something so significant to send us back to the basics, to revisit the very ethos of our Humanity and to cause us to ponder about where we are and where we really ought to be. In times of dire need, this is when our love for one another is pushed to the limit. This is because our love for neighbour draws on the words of Jesus inviting us to ‘love as He has loved us’ – and oh, what manner of love that is.
That is our precedent, and it is achievable hence, its entrenchment in His word. Will we proceed then to honouring that invitation to love? The ball is in our court.