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.
A passer-by hears nothing but the sound of hushed giggling as the secret—often a verse of Scripture—is passed from ear to ear. When it has whispered its way around the room, the final listener—almost always with an audible question mark at the end—repeats aloud what the message has become. And the giggling can no longer be hushed. Whether by expected error or by intentional intervention, the phrase has been altered, sometimes so far that it cannot be traced back its source. Everyone delights in sharing what it was when it came to them.