We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
12:28 One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, "Which commandment is the first of all?"
12:29 Jesus answered, "The first is, 'Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one;
12:30 you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.'
12:31 The second is this, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these."
12:32 Then the scribe said to him, "You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that 'he is one, and besides him there is no other';
12:33 and 'to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength,' and 'to love one's neighbor as oneself,' --this is much more important than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices."
12:34 When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God." After that no one dared to ask him any question.
Our Priest wonderfully tied this to the Gospel from a few weeks ago about the young rich man who called Jesus "good". Joe Biden said the Pope said "[Biden] is a good Catholic." Our goodness is not ours to decide; it's up to God and our family, friends, etc., to decide. That's why Saints in the Catholic tradition have one fundamental requirement to earn their status. Each and every one has to be dead, before being proclaimed a saint. Death and time allow the whole of one's life to be better assessed. (I think for some cases we should wait longer...but that's me.) In short, we may be "not far from the kingdom of God," because until we die we can ensure a welcome to the Kingdom of God...or not.