“If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I am commanding you today, by loving the Lord your God, walking in his ways, and observing his commandments, decrees, and ordinances, then you shall live and become numerous, and the Lord your God will bless you…” Deuteronomy 30:16
Much of Sunday’s Gospel reading echoes portions of the Ten Commandments. Jesus’ instructions to the crowd reveal a pattern of behavior that honors both God and the neighbor, resulting in life and health for the whole community. We too are invited to embrace these commandments, not out of fear of retribution, but because God has promised that to do so means life for us.
Sunday’s Worship Music
A Hymn at Sunday’s Traditional Worship is O God, My Faithful God
The third verse of today’s hymn gets to the heart of the matter raised in today’s Gospel reading. We are to go above the letter of the law and traditional expectations when it comes to standards of righteousness. We sing, “Keep me from saying words that later need recalling.” The letter of the law may not require such diligence, but God calls us to a greater good.
One of the songs for this Sunday at New Day Praise is Brother
Our Worship song for today features the lyrics “forgiveness is the garment of our courage, the power to make the peace we want to know.” We look to God’s grace for second chances, to be wrapped in God’s peace. In turn, God calls us to blanket others in that same peace and forgiveness.
For Further Reflection
Our Scripture for Sunday focuses on our life of faith and the choices we make every day. God unconditionally loves us and gives us life, so how do you choose to live this life given?
In matters of reconciliation—think of a time that you chose to reconcile with someone.
- What was this decision-making like?
- Was this reconciliation hard or a little scary?
Is there someone in your life with whom you can reconcile?
- If so, perhaps you can begin with prayer.
- What can this prayer be?
- Perhaps pray for an open heart, for courage to speak truth, and for the ability to see Christ’s light in the person with whom you can reconcile.