When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, 35and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” 37He said to him, “’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38This is the greatest and first commandment. 39And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
- Matthew 22:34-40
Perhaps I should preface my sermon today by saying I did not choose this reading for this particular Sunday. This text was chosen by our Creative Worship Team months ago, as they planned their Summer Sandbox series. But it is fascinating how the Word of God sometimes intersects with current events.
This story has Jesus responding to a question from a Jewish Pharisee, which is interesting, since the Wednesday morning Engaging Faith study group just learned this week about ancient Judaism, and had a discussion on Thursday with a modern Jewish rabbi.