Having turned back all His opponents’ arguments, Jesus now engages in a sincere discourse with an intelligent Scribe. The question posed asks what is at the core of God’s will for mankind. What commandment is the most important? To this Jesus gives a simple and profound answer: Love God, and Love your neighbor. When the Scribe agrees and even insists that this love from the heart is more important than religious ritual, Jesus declares that he is “not far from the Kingdom of God.” But is being close good enough? Mark leaves that question for us to answer today.