The command of God sounds comprehensive because it is: “with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind.” But that does not make it "too hard" or "too far away.” We must remember that “your” really means your. We often listen as if Scripture is speaking to a different person, an ideal person I should be someday. According to Deuteronomy, the word of God is not "above and beyond.” It is here, “in your mouth and in your heart.” It requires the whole you, but not a different you.
In what do we rejoice?
We must confront the same question the disciples did when they were first sent to proclaim the kingdom. Especially as we continue to reflect on the mystery of Pentecost and the gift of the Holy Spirit, we run the risk of fixating on the power of the Spirit and missing the point.