What is the most important thing in your life?

I imagine there’s any one of a variety of ways to answer that question.  Each person has something different that is important in his/her life.  For some it’s family, faith, work, friends, etc.

In Jesus’ day, there were over 600 different laws.  Today’s reading from Luke is really a question about priorities.  A scribe comes to Jesus asking about what really matters when it comes to faith, and so Jesus turns the question around.

Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?”  
The man answered, “‘You must love the lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”  
“Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you will live!”
We try to make our faith so complicated some times.  We forget that it’s really simple.  It boils down to two simple things: love God, love people.  Now, we can also go into a long discussion about the importance of loving oneself, but I’m lumping that in with loving people… after all, we are all people, right?
When asked about what was most important, Jesus reminds us that love is our priority.  It is because of love that Jesus came, lived, taught, died and was resurrected.  It is because of love that we can have a new life in Jesus Christ.  And it’s because of love that we can truly make this world a better place.