What’s really important in life? What are the goals you set for yourself, for your children? Do these goals center on things like grades, good jobs, a sound financial position, a comfortable house, personal accomplishments, a secure retirement? These all have their upside. But they all miss the mark of what is most important in life. The Sadducees and the Pharisees were playing tag team against Jesus. In one particular go-around the Sadducees had failed get the upper hand. Now it was the Pharisees turn to entrap him. The stakes in this game were high — the life of Jesus. A clever Pharisee made the next attempt. In a tone of mock deference, he asked, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” You can almost here the smugness in his voice. Go ahead Teacher, instruct us, out of all the laws tell us which is the greatest.
Jesus, didn’t miss a beat.
“Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Jesus spoke with authority and clarity. Quoting directly from Law, he exposed the experts as frauds. They too had missed the point of what is important in life. Jesus made it clear. The most important part of life is relationships! First with God and then with your neighbor.