You can see all the lectionary readings for Proper 26, Year B by clicking here. I have chosen to discuss the passage from the Gospel of Mark.
A teacher of the law comes to Jesus. He has heard Jesus arguing and giving good answers to the Sadducees and the Pharisees. He asks Jesus which of God’s commands is the most important.
Jesus responds, “The most important command is this: ‘People of Israel, listen! The Lord our God is the only Lord. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second most important command is this: ‘Love your neighbor the same as you love yourself.”
The man tells Jesus that it’s a good answer. He agrees that those commands are more important than any sacrifices they offer to God.
Jesus tells the man that he is close to God’s kingdom.
I always think of this passage when I find Christians (or even myself) obsessing over rules of morality. This is the real key to following Jesus and to a moral life–love God and love your neighbor. What more is needed? This is what we always have to keep in mind.