(28-34) The Great Commandment
This scribe wasn’t like his peers in how he approached Jesus the Christ. He was sincere in his questioning and agreed with Jesus’ answer with no pretense of false flattery. Jesus said that he was not far from the kingdom of God. But was he near enough? Did he take Jesus’ words to heart and start loving God and his neighbors? Did he actually make it into the kingdom of God?
(41-44) The Widow’s Offering
Here is a small event that shows the hypostatic union of Jesus the Christ. As man, He simply watched as people came into the temple and put money into the offering box – nothing divine about that. But as God, He knew that many people were giving out of their rich abundance while one widow was giving out of her poverty. He didn’t have to stop each person and ask their financial status. Because God is omniscient, Jesus already knew the background of each individual.
Favorite verse: (33) 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, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.”