A man once asked a Rabbi, “Tell me why do you Jews always answer a question with a question?” The Rabbi answered, “Why shouldn’t we?”
In today’s Gospel reading the Rabbi’s have been asking Jesus trick questions, trying to trap him into saying something that would get himself in trouble. Jesus has seen right through it, but then one of them fascinated with the wisdom of Jesus answers, forgetting himself, asks Jesus an honest question.
We can ask all sorts of questions – we can ask questions that are meant to teach the person that we are asking something. We can ask questions that are meant to trick like these other questions. We can ask questions that are meant to prove our point, or show that the other person is wrong. We can ask questions that are designed to show everyone how intelligent we are. I like a good honest question. Honest questions are what they are, there is no ulterior motive, they are asked jut to receive some information or wisdom that we do not already have. We say in Alpha that there are no stupid questions; maybe there are, but there are no stupid honest questions. The scribe asks a good, honest question, this is how it goes…
“Sir, which is the most important command in the laws of Moses?”
Are you the kind of person who wants to make sure that they are doing things right? This is the perfect passage for you. Jesus tells us how to get it right. The Jews have 613 rules – he condenses them down for us to 2, just 2. All the Law and the prophets hang on these 2 commands – Love God, Love your Neighbour. If you can’t remember all the things that God wants you to do and all the things that he doesn’t want you to do, if you can remember to love Him and to love your neighbour, then you will likely do alright.
If you have actions or behaviours in your life that you are not sure about, this is a good filter; does this behaviour show love to God and my neighbour?
Years ago living on welfare, money was squeezed so tight my wallet cried, so I developed a little filter for spending money. 1. Do you want it? 2. Do you really need it? 3. Can you afford it? The answer had to be “yes” to all 3 before I bought it. If you have decisions to make in your life and you aren’t sure about the will of God, this is the little filter to put the decision through: 1. Does this plan help me to love God with my whole being? 2. Does this plan show love to my neighbour? 3. W.W.J.D. What Would Jesus Do? Just remember it all starts with loving God and remembering that He loves you.