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October 27, 2011 @ 12:35 pm

19th Sunday after Pentecost — Commanded to Love

Reading:

Matthew 22:34-46

Jesus faces his final challenge from religious authorities before his death.  Here Jesus gives his summation of the Law.  Love God and love neighbor.  The whole law and prophets hang on the commandment to love.

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October 20, 2011 @ 10:17 am

18th Sunday after Pentecost — Death and Taxes

Reading:

Matthew 22:15-23

Jesus is tested by religious leaders regarding paying taxes to Rome.  Jesus does not answer their question but reframes the debate, looking at God's sovereignty over the world instead.  Ultimately Jesus fulfills both sides of his clever statement "Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's and unto God the things that are God's."

I am indebted to my colleague and former classmate Matt Musteric for the emphasis on the passion.

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October 11, 2011 @ 12:22 pm

17th Sunday after Pentecost — Saying Something While Saying Something Else

Reading:

Matthew 22:1-14

Jesus concludes his answer to the religious leaders who had asked him "By what authority are you doing these things and who gave that authority to you?"  Jesus' parable are saying something about him, the religious authorities and the Kingdom, all while saying something else.

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October 5, 2011 @ 10:25 am

16th Sunday after Pentecost — Commitment and Relationship

Reading:

Philippians 3:4b-14

Paul lifts up his incredible achievements as a Jewish man, but realizes that they are nothing when compared to Christ's actions claiming him.

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