Throughout Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus is perceived as a threat by the Pharisees. They confront him with question after question designed to stump and discredit him.

Jesus, of course, is well versed in scripture and continues to surprise and astonish them with his responses. When asked for the greatest commandment, Jesus...

God who invites, you have called us to love you and all those you love. Open up our senses so that we see you in all we encounter, from the grass that grows to our neighbor we pass on the street. Then we will be able love all that you have created with all our being. Amen.

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Lectionary Week
October 23–29, 2023
Scripture Overview

The end of Deuteronomy completes the story of the life of Moses. Although he led the people out of Egypt, he was not allowed to enter the Promised Land because he lost his temper in the desert. The difficult task of leading the people back to the land will fall to Joshua. The psalmist calls out to God for mercy because the people have been suffering as a result of their disobedience. Paul defends himself against the charge that he has been preaching out of a desire for fame or money; the approval he seeks comes only from God. Jesus has yet another confrontation with religious leaders attempting to trick him. He avoids their schemes and emphasizes that love of God and love of neighbor summarize the entire law.

Questions and Suggestions for Reflection

Read Deuteronomy 34:1-12. When has a leadership transition in your faith community been difficult for you? When has it been sacred?Read Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17. How do you make God your dwelling place?Read 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8. How can you strive to love those whom you have never met? How can you meet new people with love as siblings?Read Matthew 22:34-46. How do you wrestle with the Bible? When have your questions strengthened your faith or revealed something new?

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