On this last Sunday before Lent, the lectionary lessons remind us that Christ, the New Lawgiver, is the center of God’s revelation and plan to save the cosmos. In other words, it’s not about “me;” it’s all about Jesus.
As our lectionary presents visions of holiness– Leviticus reminds us that holiness means putting God’s love into action by loving our neighbor.
The lectionary’s trek through the OT Law leads us through Deuteronomy where God lays out a choice before us: to choose life, obedience, and loving him. May we all make that choice favorably. (Please excuse the water spill at the beginning of the recording.)
This past Friday’s service of reconciliation with the Presiding Bishop was very inspiring! A wonderful blend of liturgical and free church elements, plus a powerful message about reconciliation as a Gospel imperative. Plus it was wonderful to have representatives from multiple Christian traditions participating. The full service is recorded (with a brief pause while personal prayer groups were transpiring). Please forgive any sound quality issues or extraneous noises or comments in the congregation that might distract.
Touching base back at Isaiah again, the lectionary reinforces God’s hope to restore and rebuild his people if they put economic oppression of others, conflicts, and hypocritical spirituality away. That’s right, you can’t love God without loving your neighbor.