The Last Sunday after Trinity - Reflection by Canon Leslie
Join us for worship online and read Canon Leslie's blog post for the Last Sunday after Trinity.
The synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) prepare for the Passion Narrative (the last supper, Jesus’ arrest, trial and crucifixion) by Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey and removing the money changers from the temple. Then while Jesus is teaching in the temple the local leaders try to entrap him with three clever questions. The first is a political question about paying taxes to the Roman occupation. The second is a theological question about the resurrection of the dead. The third is a legal question about identifying the most important commandment in the Law of Moses.
Today’s Gospel reading focuses on the third question: Which commandment in the law is the greatest? Jesus responds to that question by citing two passages from the Old Testament and gives us his well-known summary of the law:
You shall love the Lord your God with all year heart,
and with all your soul, and with all your mind.
This is the greatest and first commandment.
And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself’.
To prepare for this Sunday’s service I invited those of you who want to do some thinking beforehand to focus on the image of feeling loved. In today’s picture from his book The Windy Day, Teddy Horsley feels the Holy Spirit making him safe and loved.
Next week the image to help us prepare for participation in the Sunday service, whether offline in the cathedral or online at home, is Signposts. Next Sunday the cathedral is celebrating the Feast of All Souls when the Gospel reading is the beatitudes with which Matthew’s Gospel opens the Sermon on the Mount. The old law revealed on the mountain through Moses was a list of commandments, things to avoid. The new law revealed through Jesus is a list of blessings, things to embrace. The beatitudes are signposts in God’s kingdom.
You can find out more about that theme here https://www.prayerforliverpool.org/prayer-resources.html. We would really appreciate you letting us know how you are using these materials. Please send us your ideas and photos of the things you may create; email them to Nelson.Pike@liverpoolcathedral.org.uk.
If you’d like to learn more about Teddy Horsley and his writings, visit his website: https://teddyhorsley.org/, or his page on the website of St. Mary’s Centre: http://www.st-marys-centre.org.uk/resources/TeddyHorsley.html.
We warmly invite you to join us in worship online here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kS2fUW8Rd-E.
Teddy Horsley sends his Sunday greetings to all.