Sermon Introduction –
Let’s be honest: the Bible is not always the easiest thing to understand. Some passages can be downright confusing or upsetting! How can we make sense of difficult Bible verses? We’ll wrestle with tough questions this Sunday and learn to understand the hard parts of scripture.
Introduction to this week’s readings –
In today’s reading from Deuteronomy, we are called to choose life by loving and obeying God. Much of today’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.