The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost:
Proper 10 / Lectionary 15
This coming Sunday we will hear the psalmist pray for God to teach him God’s way, not holding against him the folly of his youth. The “lawyer” who comes to Jesus is not seeking God’s way. After all, he’s an expert in the application of God’s law; he already knows what God requires. As a friend of mine says of similar people, he’s “on the answer committee.” This expert in the application of God’s law to the various circumstances of life comes to show off his knowledge and reveal Jesus’ ignorance. Unfortunately for him, Jesus wins. But Jesus is not interested in simply winning the verbal battle. With the story of the Good Samaritan, he tries to open the heart and mind of this religious expert and call him into the way of God’s kingdom.
Whether we seek God’s truth or not, God seeks us, setting before us the path of life and bidding us to follow.
Prayer for July 14, 2013
Lord of mercy,
who gathers up a broken world
in the arms of your grace,
teach us to live as you live,
to love as your love,
and to see all people as members
of a single human family.
The Texts for July 14, 2013
First Reading: Deuteronomy 30:9-14
“11Surely, this commandment that I am commanding you today is not too hard for you” – An exhortation in the mouth of Moses urging the people to abide by God’s will made known in the laws given at Sinai.
Psalmody: Psalm 25:1-10
“Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths” – A prayer of faith for God’s continuing mercy, protection and guidance.
Second Reading: Colossians 1:1-14
“2To the saints and faithful brothers and sisters in Christ in Colossae:” – The salutation and blessing at the beginning of the letter to the Colossians
Gospel: Luke 10:25-37
“But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbor?’” – Jesus answers a lawyer’s challenge with the story we know as the parable of the Good Samaritan.