And love your neighbour

by startling truth
The truth
that practising love
is more important
than all else
For loving God
with heart, soul and strength
must overflow
into love of neighbour.

This stark fact
requires no interpretation
no explanation
It requires no tweaking
It simply is.
Not easy to live up to
But the most important thing
in all the world.
Loving God
Loving neighbour
God so often we fail to understand
leaving us far from the kingdom.

May our love for you
not miss the mark
when it comes to loving our neighbour.

Mark 12:28-31

28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”

29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 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: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”