St. Paul reminds us this morning that our faith is not a 'one and done' experience. It is not enough to say 'I believe in Jesus' or to recite the Creed. Christianity is about a relationship with Christ. A relationship with God in whom all perfection is found. The more we grow in understanding and love of Christ, the more we experience conversion of mind and heart.
The moment when we stop growing in faith; the moment we stop taking time to learn more about Christ and His teachings; the moment we stop praying, the greater the chance of becoming complacent and of walking away from faith. Oh, we may still attend Mass, 'say our prayers', but the practice of faith becomes all about me, dressed up in words about the Gospel or Jesus.
The scholar of the law in the Gospel today refers to a scholar of the Law of Moses. He would have been a spiritual leader of the people. He is being called by Jesus to come to a greater understanding of what it means to love God.
That scholar is us.