FIRST READING: Deuteronomy 6: 2 - 6
2 that you may fear the LORD your God, you and your son and your son's
son, by keeping all his statutes and his commandments, which I command
you, all the days of your life; and that your days may be prolonged.
3 Hear therefore, O Israel, and be careful to do them; that it may go well with
you, and that you may multiply greatly, as the LORD, the God of your fathers,
has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey.
4 "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD;
5 and you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your
soul, and with all your might.
6 And these words which I command you this day shall be upon your heart.
PSALM: Psalms 18: 2 - 4, 47, 51
2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my
rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my
3 I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my
4 The cords of death encompassed me, the torrents of perdition assailed me;
47 the God who gave me vengeance and subdued peoples under me.
SECOND READING: Hebrews 7: 23 - 28
23 The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by
death from continuing in office;
24 but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues for ever.
25 Consequently he is able for all time to save those who draw near to God
through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.
26 For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, blameless,
unstained, separated from sinners, exalted above the heavens.
27 He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his
own sins and then for those of the people; he did this once for all when he
offered up himself.
28 Indeed, the law appoints men in their weakness as high priests, but the
word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been
made perfect for ever.
GOSPEL: Mark 12: 28 - 34
28 And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another,
and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, "Which commandment is
the first of all?"
29 Jesus answered, "The first is, `Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord
30 and 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.'
31 The second is this, `You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no
other commandment greater than these."
32 And the scribe said to him, "You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that
he is one, and there is no other but he;
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."
34 And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, "You are not
far from the kingdom of God." And after that no one dared to ask him any