(14 September 2014, 30 August 2015)
ALMIGHTY and merciful God, of whose only gift it comes that your faithful people do unto you true and laudable service ; Grant, we beseech you, that we may so faithfully serve you in this life, that we fail not finally to attain your heavenly promises; through the merits of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Leviticus 19:13-18; Psalm 74:20-22; Galatians 3:16-22; Luke 10:23-37
Today we find a hard-hitting lesson that cuts to the heart: we are called by God, as Christians, to love our neighbors in serious and tangible ways. The Collect makes it sound like we must do good works in order to gain God’s promises, so the Gospel gives this more context: if we are truly to be like Christ, we must love others as ourselves. The Old Testament and Psalm give further scope to the importance of providing aid and justice for the poor. The Epistle, however, jumps in at a different angle: in it we are taught that our relationship with God (and thus our call to good works) is no longer subject to the observance of the Law of Moses, but are once again a simple matter of God’s personal promise to Abraham’s offspring: Jesus Christ!