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Who Is The Lord Our God?

A lawyer in an attempt to trip Him up, asked Him ... 'Teacher, which Commandment of the Law is the greatest?'
Matthew 22:34-40

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Sermon Week Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 22:35-36

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From Matthew's Gospel, we all know Jesus' answer to that question. There are two great commandments in the Law He said, 1) "You shall love the Lord your God" and 2) "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." In Luke's Gospel, the question comes up in reverse form. Jesus asks the lawyer the question. And the lawyer's answer in Luke coincides with Jesus' answer in Matthew. "You shall love the Lord your God ... and your neighbor as yourself."

But there is a sequel in Luke that does not appear in Matthew. After the lawyer gives his answer, He begins to cross-examine Jesus. Who is this "neighbor" which the law says I must love? And Jesus gives his timeless definition of "lovable neighbor" in the parable of the Good Samaritan. For our Lesson today, let us turn that around. Instead of asking "Who is my neighbor?" let us address our question to part one of the great commandment: "Who is the Lord our God?"

A well-known evangelist once answered the charge that "God is dead" by declaring: "I know God is alive because I spoke with Him this morning." If we concede that such is the faith that moves mountains, we also know that we ordinary folk are more apt to echo the less extravagant affirmation of faith spoken by the prophet Isaiah: "Truly you are a God who hides Himself." Thus Isaiah affirms the reality that God reveals Himself to us in strange and unexpected ways.

In the tragic play ENDGAME, by Samuel Beckett, the characters rattle on about the miseries of life. They play cruel tricks on each other to get their minds off the agony. It's all very depressing. Following a performance of ENDGAME, a psychiatrist told the director he had brought a patient to the performance. She was a sixteen-year-old who had attempted suicide three times. "But why this play?" the director asked. "Why such a hopeless statement as this for a girl already wallowing in fear and depression?" The doctor pointed out that, on the contrary, this play opened up entirely new channels of hope [...]

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