Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 25-OCT-2020 - 9.30 AM Sermon
Rev Dr Greg Elsdon
Pentecost 21 – The essence of the Jewish faith that has been handed down to us, is for us to love God with heart and soul, and to love neighbours as we love ourselves. Although love involves feelings and emotions, that is only a part of it – love is about our choices and actions, the way we make decisions to do what is right, the way we conduct relationships and participate in community. Jesus did not tell us to believe the right things and follow particular religious rules – he simply told us to love. But how? Loving is not easy, it's complex and challenging, and it requires courage and deep humility. It means acknowleging another's human dignity, and trying not to make another's lot worse. The sermon has an account of how a person of small stature acted with courage and love in the way she rebuked an impressively large man for his offensive racial remark, and then wished a blessing on his children. We have been conditioned to see others as different from us, and loving is difficult when we have been taught to protect ourselves by keeping others in their place. Jesus has declared the sanctity of all of life. We are God's family, and the essence of the faith handed down to us is to love God with all we've got, and to love our neighbours, the other members of God's family, the way we love ourselves.
1 Thessalonians 2: 1-8; Matthew 22: 34-40

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