Last Sunday after Trinity: 25th October 2020
Psalm 90: 1 – 6; Matthew 22: 34 – 46
Matthew 22: 34 – 46
When the Pharisees heard that he 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 neighbour as yourself.” On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.’
Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them this question: ‘What do you think of the Messiah? Whose son is he?’ They said to him, ‘The son of David.’ He said to them, ‘How is it then that David by the Spirit calls him Lord, saying,
“The Lord said to my Lord,
‘Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet’ ?”
If David thus calls him Lord, how can he be his son?’ No one was able to give him an answer, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.
Well we’ve come to the end of the season of Trinity in the church’s year, and there are two things today, for its also Bible Sunday. And we might do well to recall that on Trinity Sunday we were already beginning to feel that the pandemic had already rather outlived its course. But here we are, still moving on with its shadow over us. And that will all be a focus of our concern, our prayer during the coming days as we prepare to enter amore reflective time in the church’s year.
Central to all of this will be the two great commandments Jesus gave: “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 neighbour as yourself.”
In the Message, a modern paraphrase of the Bible, we find this: “’Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence ’This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it. ‘Love others as well as you love yourself’”.
A paraphrase is very different from a translation from the original text, but sometimes it assists us in our thinking.
Perhaps all these words might assist us in our thinking and in our prayer in coming weeks.
Thanks be to God
We pray together….
teach us to be faithful in change and uncertainty,
that trusting in your word
and obeying your will
we may enter the unfailing joy of Jesus Christ our Lord.
who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever.
Go in the peace of Christ
Thanks be to God