When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
From sermon4kids.com: “When we love God more than we love ourselves, then we will be able to love others as much as we love ourselves.”
Scripture: October 29, 2017, Proper 25—Lev 19:1-2, 15-18; Ps 1; 1 Thess 2:1-8; & Matt 22:34-46
Collect: Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Reflection: What changes might come into your life as a result of taking to heart and practicing the commands of Leviticus 19:15–18? Ponder this week what it might look like never to judge unjustly, not to defer to the rich or excuse the poor, not to gain from others’ losses, neither to hate nor to avoid facing others’ failings, to seek no revenge, and to hold no grudges.
Sunday School 9:15 am—there’s a seat with your name on it!
Eye Candy: “The Ten Commandments“, wood carving from a church in Poland; “Greatest commandment” by Matt Philleo; artwork from Pinterest
Ear Worm: “Rise up, O church of God“, men’s chorus and congregation, The Netherlands; “Love the Lord your God“, kid song; “Jesus, lover of my soul” by Hillsong
Brain Food: “commentary” from Church of Scotland; “The great command and the work of Christ“, from Left Behind and Loving it weblog; “Sonnet of the star and ship“, poem for the lectionary
Movies/Videos: “Almost Famous“, R-rated, about influence of mother and rock music on teenager; “The Emperor’s New Groove“, a goofy Disney movie; “The Hurricane“, “love is more powerful than hate”
Video for “Why are there so many versions . . .?”, Chapter 5