Scripture: Matthew 22:34-46
Lesson: Love in Theory
Whhhhyyyy is it so hard to love our neighbor as we love ourselves? I mean, in theory, we know that this is the right thing to do. And in theory we can say (I say this all the time!) that we love the divine being that one was created to be but we definitely do NOT love what they are DOING right now! But what does it actually look like to love those who are so very different from ourselves – including different values, priorities, and dreams? And what does loving our God with all of our being have to do with loving our neighbor?
And, whhhhyyyy is this so vital to our faith that Jesus would name it as the MOST IMPORTANT part of the law? In the midst of a world that is at war with its neighbors and culture that insists we have a confident opinion on all of it (that more often than not insists on a winner and a loser) how can such a commandment affect us? Affect the world?
Looking forward to thinking all of this through with you on Sunday.
See you then!
Prelude: “Anointed” Betty Pulkingham
Anthem: “Kyrie eleison – Lord, have mercy” 9th c. Gallican hymn
Meditation: “Fughetta in G” Gottlieb Muffat
Postlude: “God of All” Gustav Holst
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